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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). 

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Harvests from 2018 May-planted dedicated fiber variety trials have begun

Industrial Hemp Harvest University of Kentucky

Collecting a 1-square meter subsample from a dedicated fiber variety plot

Industrial Hemp Harvest University of Kentucky

Subsamples from dedicated fiber variety plots are randomly distributed for field retting.