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Kenaf Image Gallery:


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Whitten Kenaf
IMAGE 1-1: Whitten Kenaf test field without using fertilizer.



Whitten Kenaf
IMAGE 1-2: Whitten Kenaf is about 14 feet tall.



Ratooning
IMAGE 1-3: This is what the plant looks like when you cut the tops off. There are a LOT more branches when you do this. Typically kenaf has just one main stalk. This process of cutting the tops off is called ratooning. You can ratoon the plant several times during a growing season and get several harvests for human and animal feed. PLUS you get MORE seeds per plant.



Ratooned Kenaf
IMAGE 1-4: Bill Loftus is measuring the diameter of the ratooned kenaf.



T-2 vs Whitten Kenaf
IMAGE 1-5: We grew two varieties of kenaf. T-2 is on the left and the Whitten Kenaf is on the right.



T-2 vs Whitten Kenaf
IMAGE 1-6: Note the T-2 leaves look like marijuana and the Whitten kenaf does not. Whitten leaves have a lemony, kinda cajun taste. The T-2 leaves are bitter somewhat. We found the rabbits like whitten leaves better than T-2.



Ratoon The Kenaf
IMAGE 1-7: Note that we space the plants 7" apart and between the rows are 15". This layout gives the highest yield for stalks. This is needed when you are growing kenaf for fuel or construction materials. When we plant kenaf for food (The leaves) we like to plant densely like this and when the plants are 4 foot tall we literally pull them out. The entire plants is 18% protein. Then because we have thinned the crop we can now ratoon the kenaf, we cut the plant back to 3 feet. Let it grow out and cut it again when at 5 feet. When you keep doing this the plants bush out and can take up a 6 foot circle. You can harvest a lot of seeds this way. Typically you will get 300 seeds. With ratoonoing 3000 seeds. We have obtained yields of over 11,000 seeds per plant in good soils.








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