Kentucky’s hemp crops flourish

University of Kentucky researcher David Williams is studying which hemp varieties are best suited for growing in Kentucky. Mark Vanderhoff WLKY
It took a legal fight just to get the seeds in the ground, but two months later, Kentucky’s first legal hemp crops in decades are flourishing.

The hemp plants have grown from 6 to 16 feet in two months and researchers say that’s a good sign for what could be a new cash crop for Kentucky.

“It’s exciting,” said University of Kentucky plant researcher David Williams. “It’s new. It has potential. And so it’s very fun. It’s a lot of fun to be involved in something that’s new and potentially possible for Kentucky farmers.”

Williams will harvest UK’s hemp crop in September and compare its growth to 12 other varieties he planted.

“I think we can grow larger plants with a full growing season,” Williams said. “We lost about a month.”

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