The University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois are working to recruit farmers in the midwest to try out different varieties of hemp. In exchange for their trials, the schools are offering the farmers discounted testing.
The universities are looking to grow the Midwestern Hemp Database, and hope to help farmers, in the long run, to help develop best management practices and varietal performance data for hemp. This data would be beneficial to farmers in the future looking to see which varieties of hemp grow the best in their region.
The methods that are working to be established include the methods to plant hemp. How varieties perform in different circumstances and climates, as well as what the fertility requirements are for each variety. There is a big rance of variance for which seeds can be obtained and what quality they are. Collecting the data to establish these methods would give farmers a leg up in future seasons.
Applicants are encouraged to apply by the July 24 deadline. The program costs $60 to get the testing done for one variety at one location. The results that come back will show a full panel of cannabinoids present in the hemp.