Dillweed, Can It Be Baled?
Answered by: Richard Alan Miller
Question from: Chris Mortenson
Posted on: December 20, 1999

It’s good to hear that dill will be profitible for me to grow! We didn’t attend any of those confrences that you mentioned because we were too busy with harvest and other field work. If you could, would you please send me your detailed crop reports just so I know how to maximize my production. On my test plots I didn’t use any fertilizer or chemical and it just took off.

One other thing I was wondering about was that if I bale it and send it to wherever you want it, would it be classified as dried or fresh (since it will have to dry somewhat before I bale it)?

Any sugestions or references would be very helpfull since this is new to me. I want to try and do what every you think will be the most profitible for me because all my neighbors here heard that I was trying herbs and they just laugh at me and call me crazy saying that I am going to lose my farm. Please help me prove them wrong!!!

Have you read my book "The Potential of Herbs As A Cash Crop"? The question which concerns me is that Dill is generally sold as an oil or seed. Dill Weed can be bailed, but is most often sold as a produce during canning season.

Bailing a crop (like Dill) is another very different matter. Composting occurs at 14% moisture, just like Alfalfa and related grasses. And, Dill Weed oils can be fragile, often requiring air drying or other forms of special handling.

Some serious homework is now required, if you truly do not want to loose your farm. Attending my workshop in Calgary would help focus this Spring much better than almost any other action from you at this time. I only say this because of the types of questions asked. You need to have a market plan for your crop. That will determine how you process your crop.

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