Hemp Pests: UF/IFAS Offers ID Tool

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The first step in tackling a pest problem in hemp is proper identification. A new University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agriculture Services (IFAS) hemp pest identification tool helps producers take the guesswork out of identifying some of those pests. The hemp pest identification guide, available for purchase through the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore, includes 20 of the most …

Not Ideal: Tough Weather Conditions for Hemp Production

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By Clint Thompson Summer rains and increased pest infestations in the early fall created less-than-ideal conditions for producing hemp in Alabama. Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, details some of the challenges hemp farmers are facing amid fall harvests. “People are dealing with caterpillars. We have corn earworms, yellow-striped armyworms, loopers, fall armyworms; I mean you name …

FDACS Budget Proposal Addresses Specialty Crops

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Legislative Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes proposals for various specialty crops. Included is $8 million for citrus greening research, funded in the Agricultural Emergency Eradication Trust Fund. Funding will be passed through to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation. There is also a request for $1.45 million for Citrus Crop …

Hemp Survey: Hemp to Send ’21 Acreage, Production Notice This Fall

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The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will mail its first Hemp Acreage and Production Survey this October. The survey will collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production and value of hemp in the United States. The Domestic Hemp Production Program established in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) allows for the cultivation of …

UF Specialist: Hemp Research to Take Time

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By Clint Thompson Florida hemp research is still in its infancy, but progress has been made, insists Jerry Fankhauser, the assistant director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station who oversees the University of Florida hemp research program. “There’s a lot to learn, but we’ve come a long way in just two years,” Fankhauser said. “I think where we’re at right …

Hemp Research: Flowering Behavior Provides Guidance for Florida Growers

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APOPKA, Fla. — New UF/IFAS research emphasizes two important factors for Florida growers to consider before planting hemp; variety selection and factor day length. Hemp needs sufficient time for vegetative growth to occur before the photoperiod begins, which causes the plant to flower. If a grower plants a hemp crop that is too late or a variety that is incompatible …

Rainy Impact: Georgia Hemp Feeling Effects of Summer Weather

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By Clint Thompson Like all other Georgia crops, hemp is being impacted by the excessive rains this summer, according to producer Harris Morgan with Pretoria Fields in Albany, Georgia. “The way to look at all this is you can survive a drought, but water will kill you. Water will flat get you,” Morgan said. “You’ve got so many things that …