West Coast Hemp Webinar: Deep Dive into Hemp Production and Cultivation

This video is the second in NCAT’s four-part hemp webinar series featuring the nation’s leading hemp experts and focusing on hemp production and cultivation on the West Coast.

It addresses planning hemp operations, risks to keep in mind, whole-farm planning, seed selection, genetics, spacing and design considerations, financial planning, labor planning, irrigation, weed control, fertilization, agronomic best practices, the most common hemp pests, IPM, organic hemp production, and other considerations for a sustainable hemp operation.

The panel of experts includes: Mike Lewis, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT at the Northeast Regional Office; Dr. Shawn Lucas, professor and researcher at Kentucky State University; Dr. Gordon Jones, an extension agriculture faculty at the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center; Dr. Kadie Britt is a postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Riverside Entomology, located at the Kearney Agricultural Research Extension Center in Parlier, California, and Paul Murdoch, the owner and general manager of Horn Creek Hemp, a family owned and operated farm in Southern Oregon.

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Chapter One: West Coast Hemp Webinar: Deep Dive into Hemp Production and Cultivation.
An introduction to NCAT’s webinar and expert panelists: Mike Lewis, Dr. Shawn Lucas, Dr. Gordon Jones, Dr. Kadie Britt, and Paul Murdoch.

Chapter Two: Understanding Hemp’s Risk and Lack of Reward.
NCAT’s Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Mike Lewis, speaks about the risks and lacks of rewards associated with jumping into hemp production, and the importance of whole-farm planning, starting small, and incorporating hemp into a diversified system.

Chapter Three. Hemp Agronomy and Market Considerations
Dr. Shawn T. Lucas, professor and researcher at Kentucky State University, discusses how to grow organic hemp, how to decide what type of hemp crop is best for a particular system, what labor looks like on the farm, and more.

Chapter Four. Planning Your Hemp Operation’s Design
Dr. Gordon Jones, Extension Agriculture faculty at Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center presents about seed selection, genetic risk, site selection, soil testing, spacing and design considerations, timing your planting, ground preparation, transplanting vs. direct seeding, and more.

Chapter Five. Questions and Answers, Session One

Chapter Six. Hemp Agronomy 101
Dr. Gordon Jones discusses irrigation, weed control, fertilization, and agronomic best practices as revealed by variety trials.

Chapter Seven. Hemp Integrated Pest Management
Dr. Kadie E. Britt, postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Entomology at University of California, Riverside, discusses the main insect pests that affect hemp, and the ways you can address them.

Chapter Eight. Case Study: Horn Creek Hemp Paul Murdoch of Horn Creek Hemp, a hemp farm in Oregon’s Rogue Valley, gives us a glimpse into the day-to-day realities of managing a successful organic and biodynamic hemp farm. He discusses what irrigation, weed control, fertilization, IPM, and more look like on their farm.

Chapter Nine. Questions and Answers, Session Two

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