Over 130 hemp operators gave 750 samples during Midwest Hemp Database’s (MHD) first year, a local initiative among a section of universities that concentrates on cannabinoids. The measure was initiated by Illinois University and questioned participants across multiple states on various cultivation practices, and characterized cannabinoids in field samples gathered from last year’s harvest.
MHD also entails non-profits, private laboratories, and other hemp sector participants. It focuses on providing details about agronomic hemp cultivar importance nurtured for cannabinoid yields.
In its recent inaugural report, MHD said that hemp remains to be a new plant in the area, and research about cultivar performance and management practices are still in the budding stage. It added that, without a registered hemp seed, there’s a lot of variability across and within cultivars as well as the genetic sources.
Under the program, producers of hemp submit details about their plants, and researchers evaluate and disseminate that information to the public and other participants. As a reward for participating in the study, farmers get a reduced cannabinoid testing service. MHD noted that the tests offer valuable information to hemp farmers; however, they don’t reinstate compliance testing via federal or national agencies.
Cannabinoid development and agronomic performance tracked in from the participants’ samples allow researchers set up profiles for certain hemp cultivars. Planting methods, yield and flowering, and planting dates are also included in the database. MHD’s data was used to back rule amendments in the USDA final rule.
Last year’s research concluded that:
· Commercial hemp is typically cultivated on minimal acreage (more than 5 acres) and is similar to specialty plants than conventional row plants.
· Most cannabinoid-high hemp cultivated within the Midwest will start flowering in August, proceeding with reproductive growth up to early October.
· Median stripped floral harvest of the varietal entries within the MHD was 1.22lbs. Per plant.