Cardinal temperatures and thermal time for seed germination of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa)©
Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) has been grown for its fiber, oil-rich seed, and psychoactive resins for over 6000 years (Hermann, 2008). Today, it is estimated that over 25,000 different food, fiber, and medicinal products can be derived from the hemp plant (Johnson, 2015). Most modern production of industrial hemp currently occurs in China, Canada, and European countries. Section 7606 of the Kentucky Agricultural act of 2014 has authorized the production of industrial hemp through cooperation of state Departments of Agriculture, farmers, and university pilot research projects (Kaiser et al., 2015). Prospective industrial hemp farmers in states such as Kentucky will rely on high quality commercial seed in order to support the development and cultivation of a new crop.
Janes, E.W., Geneve, R.L. and Kester, S.T. (2017). Cardinal temperatures and thermal time for seed germination of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa)©. Acta Hortic. 1174, 325-330