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Richters ProGrowers Info

  Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum )
Market Products:   (seed, herb)   Market size: 5,000 hectares (world), 500 ha (North America)   Prospects: prices up, volume up
Culture Seed density: 42 seeds/gram   Exposure: full sun   Soil: well-drained   Crop duration: 1 year
  Sowing rate: 4-5 kg/ha (direct).   Planting: sow direct in field in spring when soil temperature remains above 10 C.   Field spacing: 70-80cm between rows x 20-30cm within rows.   Yield: 1.5t/ha (year 1).   Pests: tanymecus larva   Diseases: erysiphe powdery mildew, botrytis grey mold.   Buyers want: seed minimum 1% silymarin, maximum 2% foreign matter, maximum loss on drying 8%, maximum ash 8%.  
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