Kansas Siblings Pioneer Industrial Hemp Crop
Siblings Mandie, Brannt, and Garrett Loroff are growing industrial hemp under the Kansas Industrial Hemp Research Program. In a feature in Midwest Messenger they discuss their challenges in creating a research proposal for the program, finding seed, and purchasing the equipment they need. The Loroffs are testing row spacing for industrial hemp grown for cannabidiol oil. Growing hemp for oil is different from growing the crop for seed or fiber, and the Loroffs discuss some of the challenges of the crop, including its labor intensity.