Test hemp crop grows with arrival of more seeds

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 4:32 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's first experimental hemp crop has grown with the arrival of another shipment of imported seeds that went into the ground.

The state's Agriculture Department says nearly 950 pounds of Canadian seeds cleared customs without any legal drama. An earlier shipment from Italy was detained for a time by customs officials in Louisville, setting off a legal fight between the state agency and the federal government.

Adam Watson, the ag department's hemp coordinator, said Monday the Canadian seeds were planted last week.

Those plants have a lot of catching up to do.

Watson says seeds put in the soil in late May have sprouted into leafy plants that are 6 feet high or taller.

Test plots across the state will help researchers and farmers determine the crop's potential in Kentucky.

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