US (CO): Unpredictable biology and stringent regulations challenge hemp growers

Colorado’s top three commodity crops are wheat, beans and corn. But there’s a new kid on the block: hemp — and its confusing sex life and relationship to marijuana is complicating matters.

Prohibition relegated cannabis to basements and garages where it would be grown in secret for decades. But as regulations loosened, hemp has moved to outdoor fields and industrial-size greenhouses.

Mike Workman owns New Earth Hemp Company out of Laporte, Colorado, and even he is humbled by this shift in scale.

“Whatever you think you know, you don’t know when you’re trying to plant an acre of it,” he said. Outdoor growing is a lot cheaper than indoor growing, but it comes with its own set of challenges.


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