Marguerite Bolt

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We had some chilly nights last weekend and the beginning of the week, which caused concern for some hemp growers. But, we made it through and the hemp seems to be doing alright. There are some noticeable changes in color, which could cause alarm, other than that, the hemp is unscathed. One cultivar at Meigs went from a bright green to a deep purple. The same thing happens to the forsythia in my front yard and to many other plants this time of year. Most of the data on frost tolerance and hemp is out of Canada and focuses on grain and fiber specific cultivars. Growers have harvested all the fiber hemp and most of the grain hemp. However, there is not much data on frost tolerance in cannabinoid rich hemp. The University of Vermont does have some useful information on their experiences with frost and hemp. They find that[Read More…]


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Many hemp growers are beginning to harvest or are gearing up to harvest. Growers are spending more time in the field observing plants and collecting samples for testing to measure THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (cannabigerol). Growers should also continue to scout for pests.








Some of these challenges include severely delayed planting of hemp (and most other crops), labor shortages for some growers, “hot” hemp crops (THC > 0.3%), and harvested hemp left in barns and warehouses while some of the larger hemp processing companies filed for bankruptcy.