Thursday, December 22, 2016

Kenaf-Indian Hemp NoTill Cover Crop Experiment

MOhemp is preparing for another Kenaf growing experiment. This experiment will replicate no-till farming with cover crops.

Its winter time in Missouri and cold outside so this Kenaf growing experiment will be performed inside a acclimatized location of the office with pots and plant trays. Today, I brought the dirt and kenaf stems/leaves (that will be used to replicate cover crop farming) in from outside and will be letting it acclimate to room temperature (70 Deg F) before adding seeds.

The kenaf plants used for the Cover Crop were produced in the prior experiment 2016 this year. (Kenaf Plant Timeline Pictures)
(A portion of the seeds used in this growing experiment will be from the plants grown earlier this year.)

Kenaf Seeds from plants grown in Missouri
Kenaf Seeds from plants grown in Missouri

If as predicted, the seeds sprout and grow I will have verified my earlier claim that Kenaf will produce seeds that will grow in Midwest USA

Kenaf sprouts in 2-4 days so I will have information on the sprouts pretty quick. If they grow like the other plants have done. I predict the sprouts to have grow out of the cover crop mulch system in less than a week. At that time they will be receiving full sunlight and will grow into the 12 foot giants in a matter of months.

As a reminder for anyone reading this post. I am growing Kenaf because Hemp is illegal to grow in my state. Kenaf is also known as Indian Hemp in a few circles.

In the orient I see pictures of Kenaf growing 18 feet tall. Kenaf is a biomass energy champion that needs less water to grow than hemp as well.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hemp Biomass Pellets Save Trees

Hemp Supplies Clean Burning Biomass Energy

Hemp also grows faster than trees and makes superb clean energy biomass energy pellets.
MOhemp Kenya Investor infographic biomass income projection
MOhemp Kenya will sell clean energy hemp biomass
and is seeking Clean Energy Investors and can meet the EU prices 

Here is an image of the estimated projected $$$ for the Wood Pellet Market.  Orange Arrows and Notation by scotty
Here is an image of the estimated projected $$$ for the Wood Pellet Market.  Orange Arrows and Notation by scotty
Wood Pellet Image Source:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Tap Root of a Kenaf Plant

This is the Tap Root of a Kenaf Plant that I pulled
out of the ground 11/21/16.  The Kenaf Plant was
dying from the cold temps of St Louis the past few
days.  Two days of the temperatures below 33 Deg F
at night is all it took.

Kenaf Plants are also called Indian Hemp by some people.

These photos were also highlighted at the Hemp 
Environmental Forum and the Kenaf Community.

Root System of Kenaf Plants from the Kenaf Test Plants
Tap Root System of Kenaf Plant from the Kenaf Test Plants
Additional Kenaf Growing Notes

  • The seeds were planted for this plant in midsummer 2016.
  • The plants were only hand watered twice due to dry conditions and it wasn't a weren't necessity.  I was just playing it on the safe side. After watering them one day it rained that night so I wasted water-aarrgh.
  • This particular Kenaf Plant was over 10 feet Tall at harvest time.
  • Normal Size Bic Lighter was used for scaling purposes
  Kenaf Seeds from Scotty's Kenaf Test Plants
Kenaf Seeds from Scottys Kenaf Test Plants
  • Remarkable plant that started out as a seed about the same size as a pencil lead.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Building with Hemp Part 1/2

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hemp processing plant and Hemp Pellet Info

Dual Hemp Post

 Processing Plant News with Info on making Hemp Pellets for heating and cooking.

Additional Hemp News:

Making pellets is process which can be dramatically different depending on the material you are processing and the end use for the product. For instance here I’m going to talk about the need for sufficient temperature in the pellet press to produce high quality fuel pellets, however too much heat in the pellet press for feed materials and it can damage the product.
As you may know for biomass materials to form a pellet of sufficient density and durability lignin is required. Lignin is the starch that gives the plant its strength, therefore as you can imagine wood has more lignin than say straw. Some materials do not contain enough lignin, and therefore an additional binder is added to aid the process such as modified corn starch. However with other materials if the right temperature and pressure can be achieved in the pellet press the natural lignin from within the material can be used as a binder.

Pellet Press Temperature
Pellet press at tempreature

In the pellet press temperature and pressure have a close relationship. While you want to achieve a temperature high enough to melt the lignin to bind the pellets you will also be increasing the pressure within the pellet press die at the same time. However if the pressure gets too high the rollers will not provide enough force to push material through the die and this will lead to a blockage. This is typically the case if die has not been drilled to a high standard or there is a build up corrosion on the interior surface of the die holes which has not been removed.
We drill each die to suit the material being processed to create the right amount of temperature and pressure within the pellet press die. If the pressure does appear to be getting too high small amounts of vegetable oil can be dripped into the process.

Learn more from at Operating A Pellet Press At The Right Temperature

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ag Invention Kenaf Test Plant Growth Update

Kenaf Test Plant Growth Update October 1, 2016, 

Happily Report the Kenaf Test Plants are between 8 and 10 feet tall!   The average stem diameter I estimate at around 1 inch.  

Perfect Example of why Kenaf is a Biomass Clean Energy Champion!  

1 1/4 in stem diameter Kenaf
1 1/4 in stem diameter Kenaf 

115 inch tall Kenaf Plants
115 inch tall Kenaf Plants 

Eight to Ten Feet Tall Kenaf Plants- Scotty
115 inch Tall Kenaf Plants

 Here is a way to gauge height of an object that is close to a home with plastic siding.  Count the Lap Joints.
Construction Tip: Normal Lap on Plastic Siding is 4 in.
Construction Tip: Normal Lap on Plastic Siding is 4 in.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Update Lignin Removal Test Plants Photo

Growing Kenaf Test Plant Images from first planting Jan 2016 till Sept 2016
Two Sets of Test Plants are growing.  1 set started indoors, 2nd set planted in backyard garden.
As of Sept 18 the second set of plants is within 2 feet of acquiring the height the 1st set has reached.

This is a perfect example of Kenaf ability to produce clean energy from the plant biomass.
Kenaf Plants started indoors Mid Jan 2016

2 feet tall kenaf plants transplanted to pots and moved outdoors Spring 2016

Kenaf Plant Flower

2nd set of Kenaf Plants planted directly in backyard Garden 

Kenaf Seed pods and seeds from 1st plants

Sept 18 2016 1st and 2nd Kenaf Plant Height comparison.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Plant that could change evrerything

Hemp A Plant that could change everything.  Hemp-Kids Get It 

This infographic was created by students from Cascade High School in Everett, WA, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy-Bioenergize ME Infographic Challenge. The BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge encourages young people to improve their foundational understanding of bioenergy, which is a broad and complex topic. The ideas expressed in these infographics reflect where students are in the learning process and do not necessarily reflect the state of knowledge of the U.S. Department of Energy or other experts in the bioenergy industry.

Hemp, Kids Get It  DOE Bioenergize Challenge Winners
Hemp, Kids Get It  DOE Bioenergize Challenge Winners

Friday, September 2, 2016

#DidYouGetTheMemo: #PhytoReMeetMeInStLouis

DATE: July 4, 2016
To Whom It May Concern:
This memo shall serve as a Declaration RE: #TheSituation #AboutTheWater of #Missouri and #HowToPhytoremediateTheWater.
There is already a lot of information on the subject of #Phytoremediation. Please find out more and consider approval of pilot programs to study the efficacy, especially in
SuperFund sites that are #NotSuper.
In the meanwhile, the children and families of the areas affected need to be evacuated immediately if not sooner and relocated with the same support given to other American climate refugees in the wake of environmental disasters.
You can participate in raising awareness from wherever you are by filming a fifteen second clip singing along with the virtual flashmob to raise awareness for this important issue and sharing memes under the hashtag #WestlakeLandfill #PhytoREMeetMeInStLouis #MOSupport & #MOSolidarity #ForTheChildren of #WestlakeLandfillCrisis
CHORUS and FlashDance for virtual #HempEnvironmentalForum: (to the tune of a Judy Garland parody protected by parody laws
Meet Me In Saint Louis - Louis
Meet Me At The Fair
Don’t Tell Me The Water’s Cleaner Anywhere Than There!
We Will Dance The #HoochieCoochie You Will Be My #TootsieWootsie
If You Will Meet Me In Saint Louis - Louis
ReTweet Me RE: The Forum!
Meet Me in SaintLouis - FOOEY! Meet You At The Forum
Don’t Tell Me The Water’s Clean Because You Held A Quorum!
We Will Dance The #Hoochie #Coochie I Will Be Your #Tootsie #Wootsie
But You Won’t See Me In Saint Louis FOOEY
Tweet #PhytoREMeetMe at The Forum!
[PLEASE NOTE: We realize this is no laughing matter to the people currently suffering around the globe from living in or near toxic superfund sites, however we are willing to pledge to #FlashDance with the Stars to raise awareness to this serious and immediate relocation issue. #FlashDance shall refer to sixty seconds of spontaneous and ecstatic dancing for a cause that you care deeply about.]
FlashDance references:
*HoochieCoochie sophisticated moves (aka Belly dancing style) for reference:
*HoochieCoochie moves for beginners (aka hula style) for reference:
#PhytoReMeetMeInStLouis Action Solution for Westlake Landfill
#PhytoReMeetMeInStLouis Action Solution for Westlake Landfill

Westlake Landfill Community Weblinks
Last update: 9/4/2016 12:16 AM

Westlake Landfill Web Links the stories from the locals
  • State senator says inaction on environmental 'crisis' more offensive than her language
    Chappelle-Nadal stepping up effort on behalf of Bridgeton area residents.
  • Spot On & Observant breakdown of Bridgeton Community meeting with EPA.
  • I was the only candidate for Lt. Governor to attend the West Lake candidate forum and was moved by the testimonials we heard. This WWII era waste from the Manhattan Project cannot be swept under the rug any longer. Thank you to the Moms group for building the coalition to finally get this addressed so that public health is not sacrificed to private profit. I look forward to working with you in the months ahead.
    Please like and share my FB page below with others who feel the same and please vote for candidates that will join the right side of this fight.
  • Just Moms STL held the second forum last night and we had an amazing turnout. We would like to say thank you to all the candidates from both the first and second forum that took the time to come out and personally address this issue or send a video. We heard every candidate indicate they support the efforts and platform of Just Moms STL.
    For the last four years, we have worked so hard to educate leaders of the community, and elected officials across the board, both Republican and Democrats. We had a great candidate turnout between both forums and we are very proud of that.
    It is a good feeling to hear these candidates profess their commitments to the landfill issues. When Dawn and I first started this movement most people looked at us like we had two heads.
    We have built a strong coalition of GREAT people that are dedicated to doing everything in their power to save and protect this extremely abused community!
    So much goes on behind the scenes to organize these events including our monthly community meeting. We want to say a special thanks to CA Glis,Meagan Beckermann, Christen Commuso and Robbin Ellison Dailey! We couldn't do any of this without these amazing ladies! These moms move mountains to make sure things go smoothly for Dawn and myself to be able to do the things we do. They are definitely our rock!! Next time you see them, or maybe here on facebook let them know how thankful this community is to have them!!
    We also would like to say a special thanks to Missouri Coalition for the Environment,Ed Smith& interns, Lois Marie Gibbs & Center for Health, Environment & Justice Laura Eliza Barrett & interns International Brotherhood of Teamsters Matteo Colombi, Gale Thackrey Franciscan Sisters of Mary for their helping hands, love, prayers and support for the Just Moms STL group.
    Thank you to all of the community members that attend the meetings, watch the livestream, make phone calls, email and tweet about this issue.
    If you haven't ever been to a community meeting, I hope you will join us on September 15th at the John Calvin Presbyterian Church of Bridgeton at 6:30pm. Bring a friend, or family member. Make a commitment to share this information with others everyday. We need ALL OF YOU!!!!
  • West Lake Candidate Forum Part II - August 31, 2016
  • “Despite Republic’s last-minute attempt to keep the state from sampling all the relevant groundwater wells at the landfill, the special master has approved our request to proceed with testing as planned," said an emailed statement from the attorney general's office. "Republic is clearly worried about what the tests will reveal, and the public deserves to know why.”

    State wins approval to test groundwater near radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill
    A special master has allowed the state to proceed with groundwater testing at wells in the portion of the West Lake…
  • This will be an opportunity to hear from those candidates that couldn't make our last forum. Even if you attended the first one you should plan to be at this one to as you will be hearing from additional candidates. We have invited all candidates running for office to this 2nd candidate meeting. As of today, we have already confirmed participation from the following:

    Attorney General Chris Koster for Governor
    Russ Carnahan - (running for Lieutenant Governor)
    Secretary of State--Jason Kander (running for U.S. Senator)
    Curtis Faulkner-(running for STL County Council 4th District)
    Alderwoman Amy Poelker Poelker-(running for STL County Council 2nd District)
    State Rep Bill Otto -(U.S. Representative - District 2)
    Steven Bailey-(running for U.S. Representative - District 1)
    Byron DeLear-(running for State Rep District 70)

    This is a very important issue for the entire state of Missouri and we need to know where these candidates stand and if they will publicly support our platform if elected. While it is very important for them to participate in this event, it is also very important that all of you that are concerned and following this issue attend this meeting too. We have to show them we are an army of constituents ready to hold elected officials accountable for doing everything in their power to help protect and save our community.

Westlake Landfill Facebook Public Group Page
This group has been formed by concerned residents to inform and keep the public updated about the radioactive waste in the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Mo

EPA Missouri Westlake Landfill News and Updates

#PhytoReMeetMeInStLouis #DidYouGetTheMemo ???

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