Work Item
ASTM WK78702

New Guide for Hemp Straw Intended for Decortication

1. Scope

The development and maintenance of standards and guidance materials for cannabis and its products and processes. The work of this committee will be coordinated with other ASTM committees and other organizations having mutual interest.


hemp, stalks, hemp straw, decorticated hemp, hemp fiber, fiber


The production of hemp straw for fiber decortication is in need of target thresholds to guide hemp farmers or producers when harvesting hemp stalks. A guide outlining threshold ranges and some mitigation scenarios will assist understanding of when to bale and a general indication of retting of the stalks. This assists consistent quality of the inputs for hemp decorticators, and ultimately quality of hemp hurd fiber and hemp bast fiber. Since growing hemp for fiber is relatively new in some regions of the world, this guide will assist hemp fiber production at the farm level for broad outdoor hemp production.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: D37.07

Committee: D37

Staff Manager: Jimmy Farrell

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 10-22-2021

Technical Contact: Terry Grajczyk

Item: 002

Ballot: D37.07 (21-01)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution