CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) – A new crop in Wisconsin is still in the early stages of research. After the second growing season, experts have an update on industrial hemp at yew status.
There are two fields in western Wisconsin that currently grow industrial hemp. One field is located in Chippewa County and has plants that will be used for seeds and fibers. The other field in Buffalo County is the cultivation of industrial hemp used for petroleum products and CBD.
After two years of data collection, it’s time to share the results with the public and help potential growers get started. UW-Extension, the Chippewa County office, will host a free, publicly available virtual field day on industrial hemp on Friday. Speakers will talk about production practices, market potential and share growing season videos.
“What can we look at next, we’ve basically looked at some basic agronomic aspects, planting rates, fertility, the kind of thing that looks a little bit at pest management, but I think we’re so new here in Wisconsin that what some of them are. other factors affecting production that we need to investigate, “said Jerry Clark, an agricultural agent with UW-Madison – Chippewa County Extension Office.
The two growing seasons have been a learning process for everyone involved. If industrial hemp is something you would like to learn more about or if you want to start growing industrial hemp, this is a great place to start.
The virtual field day on Friday will take place from 11:00 to 13:00 and is open to all and free. You need to register for the event and then an email link will be sent to you to join the virtual field day.
If you have any questions, call the Chippewa County Extension Office at 715-726-7955.
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