Christie Apple, agronomist, has worked with many farmers, and she’s finding most of them have had a positive experience in 2019.
“This year has been an interesting adventure supporting farmers as they dabble in the industrial hemp industry,” she said. “We have everything from your traditional cash crop farmer trying an acre of ground that was preventative plant all the way to the smaller operations that are doing a lot more handwork in the fields.”
Apple thinks there’s great opportunities for hemp to become part of the commodities grown in Michigan.
“It’s definitely a crop you’re going to have to educate yourself on and partner with people that know what they’re doing before you explore if that’s going to suit your cropping system,” she said. “It’s not something I suggest you play around with.”