University of Kentucky agronomists on Thursday planted their second hemp crop in as many years at Spindletop Research Farm. Kentucky Hemp Seed Research and Development Co., a subsidiary of Atalo Holdings, donated much of the seed.
In collaboration with other Kentucky universities, UK's David Williams and Rich Mundell work on at least five projects.
One, with Eastern Kentucky University researchers, will evaluate the yield and fiber quality differences among various harvest times and methods as well as retting times and methods. Retting is the process of separating the fiber from the stem.
Another project will look for the best production method for cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, used in food and dietary supplements. A third project will study whether small plants make the harvest simpler and whether they have a different yield.