A Lancaster County seed distributor invited the public to check out its trial of nine industrial hemp varieties. The August 16-17 field days at King’s AgriSeeds attracted about 70 people.
Of the varieties being tested at the company’s research farm, some are for fiber applications, some are for grain, and some are for dual purpose.
The seeds were provided by New West Genetics, International Hemp, and Verve, three of the nation’s leading producers of hemp seeds.
Sarah Mitchell, a hemp specialist at King’s Agriseeds, said the event was an opportunity for farmers to become familiar with the varieties and discuss growing strategies, including weed control. America’s reborn hemp industry is young, so there’s a lot to learn about this new but ancient crop.
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