An estimated 10,000 acres of industrial hemp will be harvested this fall in New York state – triple the quantity of acres planted in 2018. In addition to farmers, the emerging crop has discovered a following amongst customers, as merchandise such as cannabidiol (CBD) oil obtain much more space on retail shelves.
But with hemp markets, merchandise and output quickly expanding, growers and producers are facing new challenges. Assisting navigate these concerns is the Cornell Hemp Group, an interdisciplinary group of Cornell researchers and Cornell Cooperative Extension field crops and vegetable specialists.
The group is led by Larry Sensible, professor in the Horticulture Section of the College of Integrative Plant Science, who not too long ago joined Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Out Loud” podcast for a 3-aspect series on the state of industrial hemp production in New York.
In a wide-ranging conversation with hosts Katie Baildon and Paul Treadwell, Sensible talks about the newest crop management tools, cultivar evaluation, breeding analysis, challenges he sees in the marketplace and what he’s discovered operating with new growers. He also shares his insight on how trends and innovation could impact the hemp industry’s future.
For new growers, Sensible stated hemp can present a quantity of horticultural challenges, from managing fertilization to harvest timing and most effective practices. Probably the largest obstacle they face, he stated, is acquiring a reputable seed supply.
“With the fast expansion of the market, a lot of unscrupulous players have come in to the market who are promoting seeds that are not accurate, steady and uniform cultivars,” Sensible stated. “And the largest threat for growers is that their crop will come to be noncompliant for [the hallucinogen] THC [industrial] hemp has to have much less than .three %.”
Go to the Cornell Hemp Group website for much more information and facts on which includes licensing needs, current analysis, seed sources and testing labs.
Smart’s “Extension Out Loud” conversation is in two components the third aspect of the industrial hemp series functions a conversation with state Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-123rd, whose district consists of the city of Binghamton. This year, Lupardo was appointed chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee.
Complete episodes of “Extension Out Loud,” which includes descriptions and transcripts of each and every episode, can be discovered on the internet. Episodes can also be streamed on iTunes and SoundCloud.
R.J. Anderson is a writer and communications group leader with Cornell Cooperative Extension.