Campus to begin industrial hemp research

Small crop will be ready for harvest in October, give insight to plant diseases

from the Daily Gazette on 7/11/18; by John Cropley

SUNY Cobleskill will plant a small batch of industrial hemp next month and harvest it in the fall for research purposes.

The college announced this week that the state Department of Agriculture and Markets granted a permit to grow the plants. On Wednesday, the college said it is working out the logistics of getting the first hemp planted. The 2018 growing season is well underway, but hemp grows quickly, so there should be enough time before the cold weather to glean some knowledge.

Fungal diseases that may affect the plant are a primary focus of the research, said Susan Zimmermann, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the college.

Cultivation will probably be done in the nursery, rather than in an open field. The seeds and harvested plant material will be stored in a secure, locked area on campus, and state Agriculture and Markets personnel will have free access to the premises for inspection.

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