Agronomic Research Ideas
Growers wishing to participate in the pilot program have to select at least one research purpose. We anticipate that some of you will select one of the agronomic related purposes, primarily research purposes 3 (Overseeing and analyzing the growth of industrial hemp by licensed growers for agronomy research and analysis of required soils, growing conditions, and harvest methods relating to the production of various varieties of industrial hemp that may be suitable for various commercial hemp products), 4 ( Conducting seed research on various types of industrial hemp that are best suited to be grown in North Carolina, including seed availability, creation of North Carolina hybrid types, and in-the-ground variety trials and seed production. The Commission may establish a program to recognize certain industrial hemp seeds as being North Carolina varieties of hemp seed.) and 7 (Studying the agronomy research being conducted worldwide relating to industrial hemp varieties, production, and use).
Below are some examples of useful research that one could use for the agronomic research purposes. Plant population, plant height and yield are examples of useful data to collect for the research objectives listed below.
- Planting method – example: compare conventional seed bed preparation using broadcast followed by cultipacking versus drilled planting.
- Seeding rate – example: compare different seeding rates such as 15, 20 and 25 pounds of seed per acre.
- Planting date – example: compare a mid-May planting with an early June planting
- Varieties – example: plant and compare several varieties. Combining 3 and 4 could provide very useful information as we do not know how different varieties will respond to daylength and therefore planting date.
- Fertility – example: compare several rates of fertility, such as using 50, 100 and 150 pounds of nitrogen.
- Crop adaptation – example: plant the same variety(s) on several soil types.