Industrial Hemp Tour Announced

Posted: July 12, 2017

Industrial hemp research has been allowed for the first time in many years in Pennsylvania. Penn State research is underway and tours are scheduled.

Our new state regulations on industrial hemp production have allowed us and about 15 others to begin to conduct research on industrial hemp production. Industrial hemp can be cultivated for fiber and grain in our state. Our trials are focusing on grain production. We were able to procure seed and establish some research and demonstration trials at Rock Springs this spring. Our objectives were to evaluate some agronomic fundamentals and gain experience with planting and harvesting the crop. We have established a planting date trial, spanning from early to late June, a seeding rate trial, a nitrogen trial and a variety trial consisting of six varieties. We have also compared drilling to 15 inch rows and also conventional tillage to no-till. We will also be learning more about harvesting and potential insect and disease issues with the crop.

If you are interested in learning more about industrial hemp, we will be having a brief Hemp Field Tour on July 21st from 10-12 to view the trials and discuss management issues.  At this trial, our seed supplier, Jeff Kostuik from Hemp Genetic International in Winnipeg, Manitoba will be on hand to share his experiences with the crop. The tour will feature Industrial Hemp Management Trials, Varieties, Planting Dates, Nitrogen Rates, and Seeding Rates. Tillage and weed control issues, potential disease and insect issues, Harvesting strategies and Special Guest, Jeff Kostuik, Hemp Genetics International.

We will be also featuring a tour each day of Ag Progress Days if you will be in town then. Growth has been good so far with some of the plots nearly 3 feet tall at this point and there will be some interesting aspects of the crop to discuss and photograph.

Hemp Field Tour Details

Date: July 21st 2017

Time: 10 AM - Noon

Place: Russel Larson Ag Research Center - Gate C

Address: 1596 Pine Grove Road PA Furnace, 16865

For questions, please contact:

Greg Roth at or 814-863-1018

No registration necessary.

Contact Information

Gregory W. Roth
  • Professor of Agronomy
Phone: 814-863-1018