Alabama Hemp Production: Eye-Opening Experience for Producers This Year

Clint Thompson Alabama, Hemp

By Clint Thompson Hot temperatures combined with a prolonged drought created less-than-ideal conditions for Alabama hemp production this year. Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension specialist, said it has been an eye-opening experience for growers. “What’s definitely been eye-opening for producers is how much time and energy goes into getting a successful plant; not even a crop, just …

Weather Conditions ‘Not Ideal’ for Alabama Hemp

Jim Rogers Alabama, Hemp, Weather

By Clint Thompson Alabama hemp production wilted under the stress of prolonged dry conditions combined with extremely high temperatures. Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension specialist, said the “timing wasn’t ideal.” Plants were being put into the ground right as weather conditions worsened across the region. “There’s been quite a bit of plant mortality, transplant shock, that sort …

N.C. State Fiber Hemp Field Day

Jim Rogers Hemp, North Carolina, Specialty Crops

North Carolina State Extension will host a Fiber Hemp Field Day on July 19 at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury, North Carolina. Highlighted topics will include information about a planting date and variety trial, a cover crop no-till weed management trial and new variety research. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. All individuals must register …

Alabama Hemp Production: Rain Needed to Get Started

Jim Rogers Alabama, Hemp

By Clint Thompson Alabama hemp acreage is expected to decrease this season. That’s if growers feel comfortable enough to plant a crop amid the current hot and dry conditions. It is quite the contrast to last year’s conditions, says Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension specialist. “I think I talked to you a year ago and it was …

Georgia Hemp Production Declining in 2022

Jim Rogers Georgia, Hemp

By Clint Thompson The number of Georgia hemp producers and acres decreased from 2020 to 2021. It has happened again this year, according to statistics released by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Georgia currently has 118 licensed hemp producers and one permitted hemp processor, equating to 4,333 field acres and 730,322 greenhouse square footage licensed for cultivation. There were 156 …

N.C. State’s Suchoff to Lead New Hemp Research Consortium

Jim Rogers Hemp, North Carolina, Research

David Suchoff, North Carolina (N.C.) State assistant professor of alternative crops, was selected as the director of the new Hemp Research Consortium, initially funded by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) for up to $2.5 million. The consortium is a public-private partnership designed to align research-intensive and land grant universities’ research efforts with the hemp industry. The venture …

Rainfall Creates Planting Delays in Alabama

Jim Rogers Corn, Hemp, Weather

By Clint Thompson Increased rainfall last week in Alabama created planting delays in some specialty crops, says Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension specialist. Planting delays are especially true with hemp and sweet corn. “We’re still on the early side of (hemp) planting, so I don’t think it’s going to affect too many growers. But in terms of …

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Industry Expert: Number of Georgia Hemp Licenses to Decline in 2022

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Georgia, Hemp

By Clint Thompson The number of Georgia producers applying for a license to grow hemp is expected to decrease in 2022. Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said the level of interest among growers has dropped significantly from previous years. “It’s marketing and the financial side of things. Basically, there’s so …