Research Updates

Here are some photo updates of our hemp research projects in Shelbyville and from our affiliated partners in Louisville and Lexington.



Mulberry Orchard/Gajdzik Farms – Kirstin is standing in a row of Santhica planted on May 23, 2016. This variety is from France and seems to be performing quite well for fiber. Photo taken July 15, 2016.


Mulberry Orchard/Gajdzik Farms -Two rows of Sterling Gold, a domestic variety out of Colorado. It was also planted May 23, 2016 and experienced some weed pressure (pigweed & johnson grass.) As you can see, we planted dense enough so the crop was able to choke out most of them. Photo taken July 15, 2016.


Mulberry Orchard/Gajdzik Farms -This field of Futura 75 was planted late on June 18, 2016 and this photo was taken July 15.


Courtney Farms – We planted this grain crop on May 31 and this photo was taken July 5.




Farmington Historic Plantation (Affiliate) – This dual-purpose variety (Delores) was planted at on May 25 and this photo was taken July 21.


Farmington Historic Plantation (Affiliate) – This dual-purpose variety (Delores) was planted at on May 25 and this photo was taken July 21.


Locust Grove (Affiliate) – This plot was planted on May 6 and experienced quite a bit of weed pressure. The plants were not dense enough to fight off all the weed pressure, but managed to hold its own in some spots like this one. Photo taken July 21.


Locust Grove – This variety also bloomed later than others, therefore it did not have as much time to get ahead of the weeds. Planted on May 6, photo taken July 21.




Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate – This was our first research plot planted by the University of Kentucky on May 2. This photo was taken on July 8, 2016.


Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate – Futura 75 was planted for fiber and Felina 32 was planted for grain. Ironically, the Futura 75 was planted so dense that it was forced to fight for the sun and nutrients. Felina 32 was planted less dense and has now surpassed the Futura 75 because it had less competition.

If you’re interested in seeing any of the plots in person, we offer tours and most of the locations allow walk-in visitors. For more information, contact us at


Ashland Hemp Plot: 30 Day Progress

The Ashland hemp plot was planted May 2 by the University of Kentucky. The 20X20 ft. plot contains both a fiber and grain variety.

IMG_7146The grain variety is to the left in the photo above. It was planted with only one pass, rather than the fiber which was planted with two (seen on the right.)

IMG_7140The fiber crop has a great stand at a little over a 1 ft. to 1 1/2 ft. tall.


The grain crop is much thinner, but still has a fairly nice stand. We had a significant amount of rain following the planting, so that on top of the single pass ultimately led to a lighter crop.

IMG_7134It’s a beautiful site to see hemp in front of Henry Clay’s beloved estate. Keep checking back for updates!

Planting at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate

Tuesday, May 3 – UK agronomists Rich Mundell and Mark Sizemore at with the University of Kentucky planted our plot at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.

See related press:

Lexington Herald-Leader/ – Hemp plants return to Henry Clay’s Estate

The Lane Report – Hemp planted at Henry Clay Estate for first time since 19th century

Preparing for Planting

It’s an exciting time as we prepare for a third growing season here in the bluegrass state. This will be our first year as a participant in the Hemp Pilot Program.

Previous years we’ve assisted projects across the state through resource acquisition, project management, and farming relations. Click here to learn more.

This year, we’ve partnered with Gajdzik Farms and Courtney Farms in Shelbyville, Kentucky where we be conducting the majority of our research. In addition, we are affiliated with several projects located between Louisville and Lexington.

There are an approved 174 applicants this year, along with over 4,600 acres. This number may fluctuate based on variables such as planting (seed timing), weather and management. Last year, while an estimated 1,700 acres were approved for hemp cultivation, only about 900 were planted and less than half of that harvested.

Stay tuned for project updates and ways you can get involved this summer!