University Of Kentucky Researchers Harvest Hemp Crop

KENTUCKY:   University of Kentucky researchers have harvested the university’s first hemp crop in decades.

“It was a good growing season for many crops, not just hemp,” said David Williams, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment agronomist and co-project lead. “Precipitation was excellent this year and more than adequate for growth. The only downside to the growing season was that we planted a little bit late, but I don’t think that had much effect on the crop.”

UK’s research plot, planted May 27, was one of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s pilot studies to reintroduce hemp production in Kentucky. UK’s study was conducted in conjunction with Eastern Kentucky University and Kentucky State University.

“Congratulations to the University of Kentucky and all of our partners in the hemp pilot projects on the first hemp crop in Kentucky in almost 70 years,” said Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who has championed the cause of returning hemp production to the commonwealth. “This crop will yield significant data about production techniques, which varieties do best in Kentucky and which of the many uses of hemp are most likely to succeed here.”

 

Kentucky’s Hemp Crops Flourish After Troubled Start

KENTUCKY:  It took a legal fight just to get the seeds in the ground, but two months later, Kentucky’s first legal hemp crops in decades are flourishing.

The hemp plants have grown from 6 to 16 feet in two months and researchers say that’s a good sign for what could be a new cash crop for Kentucky.

“It’s exciting,” said University of Kentucky plant researcher David Williams. “It’s new. It has potential. And so it’s very fun. It’s a lot of fun to be involved in something that’s new and potentially possible for Kentucky farmers.”

Williams will harvest UK’s hemp crop in September and compare its growth to 12 other varieties he planted.

Could Kentucky Hemp Crops Be Lucrative?

KENTUCKY: A new University of Kentucky study on the economic feasibility of hemp says the currently illegal crop could be a profitable option for farmers in areas like Central Kentucky, but not everywhere.

And production isn’t likely to immediately result in the thousands of new jobs predicted by supporters of a new state law to regulate hemp production. [Read more…]