When considering obstacles such as the state’s struggle to find seeds, finally landing a seed shipment only to have the federal government confiscate and detain said shipment, then when the shipment is eventually released and rows are hoed at the designated plots later than planned, it’s a wonder that Kentucky has any hemp to harvest at all!
[fingers are catching their breath]
According to David Williams, an agronomist involved with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s hemp plots, despite all the governmental-hoopla that Kentucky had to deal with, this year’s growing season turned out to be good for cultivating hemp.
“There was plenty of moisture, definitely warm enough for good growth, so even with the late planting date on May 27, the crop has turned out pretty darn well,” Williams affirmed.
Williams says that Kentucky experienced one of the wettest Augusts to date, which may have made up for the belated sowing of seed, and encouraged extra growth.
Williams was also quick to point out that if next year’s rainfall totals are closer to average, it could in fact impact the outcome of the crops.
“Next year, if it’s closer to average in precipitation we would expect to see far less rain and that would have an effect on growth, too,” Williams acknowledged.
Other than having to irrigate the crops at the beginning of the growth cycle, Williams claims that “it’s been a pretty worry-free season with no fungal disease problems, no insect problems, some slight competition from weeds, but nothing we weren’t able to react to and fix.”
Sounds good to us!
Keep it growing, Kentucky!
We’re excited to be able to report the rebirth of hemp cultivation taking place right here in the United States of America!
Feds, don’t fail us now! Let’s keep moving forward!