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.