As a “new” crop to the North Central region, best management practices and performance of high cannabinoid industrial hemp (Cannabis spp.) varieties are still being investigated. Despite tremendous interest across the region, the lack of university-published resources greatly increases the risk of hemp production relative to conventional crops and threatens to undermine the nascent hemp industry.
To address these issues The Midwestern Hemp Research Collaborative (MHRC), a joint effort of land grant universities, non-profits, and private laboratories, was formed. With support from SARE, they have worked on researcher-farmer partnerships to conduct participatory hemp cultivar trials to rapidly generate relevant, research-based information for the hemp industry.
Their resource, The Midwestern Hemp Database (MHD), is an interactive data visualization tool that is the home to all research conducted by the Midwestern Hemp Research Collaborative (MHRC). The MHRC leverages grower-collaborator networks to provide research-supported regional insight into agronomic performance and cannabinoid development of industrial hemp varieties.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant:
- The Cultivar Check Program: Utilizing the Midwestern Hemp Database (MHD) and Grower-Cooperators to Assess Variety Performance of High Cannabinoid Hemp (ONC23-117)
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.