Farmers who have considered growing hemp as a cash crop but are unaware of the best practices have an opportunity to learn from someone how’s been at it for a few years now.
There will be a CBD Hemp Field Day at American Hemp Research in Roseville and CEO Andy Huston tells WGIL that his company’s objective is to assist farmers with getting started in hemp production.
“What we’re trying to figure out is, at what population we need to plant the hemp at, what type of tillage practices work good with the hemp, what fertilities are best to do with the hemp. What we’d like to do is supply farmers with the seeds, seedlings, and clones on good genetic hemp and assist them with the information they’ll need to produce the hemp.”
He says that the hemp field day will help interested parties get a better understanding of how producers could benefit from a crop that he says could be big for farms in America.
“It helps for people to come out and actually see the plants and get a good understanding of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it… the way we’re doing it. The benefit that can come out of this crop for rural America, I think, is going to be huge.”
The field day is a collaboration between the Illinois Extension and Huston’s company. Also speaking at the field day will be Extension Educator Phillip Alberti, who’ll also talk about the potential new cash crop for producers in Illinois.
Online registration is required to attend and the cost is ten dollars with a free lunch included.