Preparing the soil takes great care. During early stages, poppy is compa- ratively resistant, later on it claims a certain degree of warmth.
In Armschlag almost the entire poppy is harvested manually.
The Poppy Harvester - a regional invention
If you want the capsules to be of good quality, dry weather and fast and careful harvesting is mandatory.
To meet these challenges, the technical college Edelhof invented a very special harvester. The unique property of this harvester is that it does not destroy the capsules.
Instead, poppy seeds are emptied out through the eyes of the capsules. Across our neighbouring countries, poppy is harvested the regular way. However, risk of damaging seeds is very high. Quality and durability are likely to suffer.
gain per hectare: 800 – 1000 kilo
gain per hectare: ~ 700 kilo
Poppy as drug and pain killer
A single poppy seed consists of 50 percent of oil but no toxic substances. Toxic substances can only be found inside the latex of the capsule.They are utilized to produce medicinal pro- ducts and, unfortunately, narcotics. From the latex of the capsule Opium containing alkaloids like morphine, codeine and heroin may be distilled. These procedures require a special kind of opium poppy domiciled in Asia. The content of the alkaloids men- tioned above is extremely low in the Waldviertler grey poppy, due to the sea level and the rough climate in this region. Cultivation takes place at the end of March or beginning of April with the help of a special single-grain-sower. You only need 35 deca of seeds per hectare.As soon as rows are visible, picks are applied to fight weeds.