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The UK Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (PSS) is a participant in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program.  Agronomists David Williams and Tom Keene (PSS) are leading the research efforts investigating agronomic parameters affecting field-scale production of industrial hemp.  Experiments are aimed at optimizing yields of grain, fiber, and cannabinoids of interest (e.g., cannabidiol; CBD). 

Click here for An Introduction to Hemp and Hemp Agronomy

Hemp harvests are well underway in Kentucky, including these University of Kentucky research plots.

Industrial Hemp Harvest University of Kentucky

Industrial Hemp Harvest University of Kentucky

Dew retting stems from the fiber variety trial