large scale hemp cbd farm

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    Hi, I am working as agronomist for first large scale certified organic hemp farms California. We are in Ventura co southern california and people farm like the dustbowl never happened out here. I am in a unique position to change some of the farming principles and apply things I have learned in permaculture. I am however taken back when I think about applying something on 50 acres let alone 500. I have developed food forest and homesteads and know permaculture but this is not your average agriculture. No one really cover crops cause of the 'value' of the land. They crop perpetually with very little rotation. We can bring in compost but it is not always cost effective or practical. We have a compostyard and i am hoping to apply some biodynamic composting principles and make our own compost but again some of these plots are hundreds of acres of hemp. It is beautiful but still a sitting duck when considering that we have few organic pest control options out here. I am using beneficials and rely on plant health to protect us. I am getting the plants what they need via fertigation and some foliar application. I want to cost effectively (considering labor/price of ammendment/sourcing) enhance the soil life on a large scale and implement practices on small parts of lots that will prove their worth in saving money while enhancing the soil and expand them outward till that is how all the acres are farmed. I need help. What would you guys do if you were forced to make the best out a large scale monocropping scenario or even on a smaller scale that could be prove its worth to be bumped up. I have room to experiment but must proceed cautiously and wisely. Thank you
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    in such an arid land anything you can do to find cheaply sourced organic materials to use as mulches and compost ingredients. if you can make the case for any source of N and C costing so much but giving improved soils through time then do that and see if you can do some trial plots to show the results. also insect refuges every so often. hard to get anyone to leave anything standing in a field when they want to spray or plow everything under. perhaps large planters can be put out and taken back in which would act as insect refuges... etc.

    i didn't think hemp needed much in the way of fertilizers and was also much more water efficient than many other crops? have your experiences reflected that?
     

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