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Researchers Work to Unearth Hemp’s Soil Needs

Jan 28, 2020

Sheila Julson

Soil health is a crucial yet historically underrated aspect of farming. However, many of today’s farmers realize that healthy soil leads to healthier crops and a more stable ecosystem. As Wisconsin heads into its third hemp farming season, how does soil health come into play with this old-yet-new-again crop?

Carrie Laboski is a professor and UW–Division of Extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist. Through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the UW-Division of Extension’s hemp research program launched last spring, Laboski is working with her colleagues in agronomy to research best growing practices for hemp. Her research focused on hemp for grain and fiber.

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