Midwestern Hemp Database Project Seeks Grower Participation
Hemp is a fast growing, annual herbaceous plant that can be used to produce fiber, grain and cannabinoids. As a “new” crop to Midwestern agriculture, best management practices for hemp have yet to be determined. In response, land grant universities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan are partnering with Rock River Laboratory, Inc., and Pride Analytics & Consulting to launch the Midwestern Hemp Database project.
This project offers hemp growers in four Midwestern states discounted hemp cannabinoid analysis in exchange for data on their hemp operations. Agronomic and cannabinoid data from participating growers will be anonymized and shared publicly online to support growers’ variety selection and crop management decisions in the future.
Currently, there is a wide range of variability among hemp varieties and seed sources in the market. The private-public partnership seeks to provide clarity as to how well varieties will perform in the region and, most importantly, will comply with state and federal regulations. To gain better insight on cannabinoid production throughout flowering, a cannabinoid time course experiment is required, focused on testing cannabinoid development as the crop matures.
This project will rely heavily on dedicated grower cooperation to provide useful information to experienced and new growers interested in hemp production. In short, participation in this program provides an opportunity to receive significantly discounted cannabinoid profiling (CBC, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBDA, CBGA,CBDVA, Δ8THC, Δ9THC, THC-A and THCV) at $30 per sample (regular price is $75) in exchange for data on your hemp operation. Please note, these results cannot be used for regulatory compliance in Michigan. Participants will still need to submit a sample to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).
In order to receive discounted cannabinoid profiling, data on your production system (planting/transplant date, row spacing, fertility, tillage, cover crops, etc.) and agronomic performance (flowering date, yield, etc.), variety name and variety source will be collected and made public via a data-sharing tool (Midwestern Hemp Database Project). This project will be similar to that of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s THC:CBD tool. Any identifying personal information will be kept confidential and will not be shared publicly. Additionally, to participate in this study, specific instructions regarding floral sampling and shipping must be followed to ensure acceptance into the program. In exchange for providing your data to the research project, collaborators will provide you with sample collection instructions, and this discount will be applied to your analysis.
Outside of grower dedication and willingness to provide information, researchers ask that those looking to participate agree to a minimum of two sampling dates per variety (minimum cost to participate: $60 per variety per location) to permit adequate data collection. There is no upper limit on the number of samples that can be submitted for cannabinoid analysis per variety per location. Once accepted, growers will become customers of Rock River Laboratory and Pride Analytics and will be responsible for all fees associated with participation in this project ($30 per sample).