Research 2016 June 2, 2016 – Planting Day June 14, 2016 Germination in the organic plot.Albino hemp seedling. June 28, 2016 Emergence of second plantingHemp does poorly on poor soilDeep planting may have contributed to poor outcome July 16, 2016 Poor germination rates in some cultivars appears to have a bigger impact on stand establishment than planting date.2" of rain followed each planting event, creating a crust on top of the soil that delays or prevents seedling emergence. August 1-4, 2016 Right: Fiber hemp continues growth Left: Seed plants showing both male and female plants.Right: Fiber hemp Upper Left: Seed hemp Lower left: Poor establishment due to low germination rates and poor quality seed.High percentage of male plants flowering.Soil crusting, coupled with poor germination, led to poor establishment and weeds outcompeting hemp. Contact by wind and animals (humans, birds, insects) triggers pollen release.Honeybee collecting pollenHemp provides an additional role as a pollen source for bees and other insectsProper fertilization, particularly high nitrogen, is needed for healthy hemp.This hemp may be infected with virus. Note the chlorosis, the yellow, discolored new growth.Hemp attracts researchers almost as well as it attracts bees!Seed hemp in foreground, fiber hemp variety behind it. August 17, 2016 Rachel, TJ and Leah perform regular data collection and weed management in the organic plots.Not yet a major problem, grasshoppers can pose a threat.Not yet identified, this insect was associated with multiple seed heads. Its important to realize that not all insects are pests!Cercospora, a fungal foliar pathogen, is proving to be a minor issue in densely planted hemp plots for the second year in a row.Many hemp lines have genetic instability. Chimeras like this aren't unusual in the field. Ornamental hemp, anyone?