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An industrial hemp test plot at Arlington Agricultural Research Station in Arlington, Wis., Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Photo by Michael P. King/UW–Madison CALS.

Below is a list of University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists who are actively engaged in industrial hemp research. These researchers—with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Division of Extension (Extension)—launched their hemp projects this past spring, once hemp production became legal at both state and federal levels in Wisconsin. Their goal is to develop science-based, Wisconsin-specific information on best agricultural practices for the state’s hemp growers.

The researchers will share their findings at various field days this summer and fall, as well as through other Extension channels. Field days with UW–Madison involvement that have been finalized are listed below. Other field days will be announced on the Extension hemp website at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/hemp/.

This season’s UW hemp efforts are supported by an internal competitive grant awarded by CALS and Extension, as well as through a gift from a private donor.

Photos of UW–Madison hemp research efforts are available at: https://go.wisc.edu/calshemppics. More will be added over time. Please give photo credit as noted in photo captions.

HEMP RESEARCHERS:

Shelby Ellison
Assistant faculty associate, Department of Horticulture
slrepinski@wisc.edu, (608) 262-9796
Ellison is UW–Madison’s point person for growing industrial hemp for cannabidiol (CBD) oil in Wisconsin. She is in charge of various agronomic research and variety trial projects.

Rodrigo Werle
Assistant professor and Extension specialist, Department of Agronomy
rwerle@wisc.edu, (608) 262-7130
Werle is the university’s point person for growing industrial hemp for grain and fiber in Wisconsin. He is in charge of various agronomic research and variety trial projects.

Shawn Conley
Professor and Extension specialist, Department of Agronomy
spconley@wisc.edu, (608) 262-7975
Conley is involved in various agronomic research and variety trial projects.

Carrie Laboski
Professor and Extension specialist, Department of Soil Science
laboski@wisc.edu, (608) 263-2795
Laboski is developing nutrient management recommendations for industrial hemp. This information will provide growers with optimal fertilizer application rates for the crop.

Erin Silva
Assistant professor and Extension specialist, Department of Plant Pathology
emsilva@wisc.edu, (608) 890-1503
Silva studies growing industrial hemp in organic systems. A big focus is identifying successful weed management strategies.

Damon Smith
Associate professor and Extension specialist, Department of Plant Pathology
Damon.smith@wisc.edu, (608) 286-9706
Smith is studying plant diseases of hemp and how to control them.

Brian Luck
Assistant professor and Extension specialist, Department of Biological Systems Engineering
bluck@wisc.edu, (608) 890-1861
Luck is studying options to harvest hemp, including testing various types of harvesting machinery.

Kevin Shinners
Professor and Extension specialist, Department of Biological Systems Engineering
kevin.shinners@wisc.edu, (608) 265-6737
Shinners is studying options to harvest hemp, including testing various types of harvesting machinery.

Paul Mitchell
Professor and Extension specialist, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
pdmitchell@wisc.edu, (608) 265-6514, (608) 263-3964
Mitchell is involved in a project to assess the market potential of industrial hemp in Wisconsin, including the projected economic impact of the industry in the state.

Michael Petersen
Associate director, UW–Madison Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center
mwpetersen@wisc.edu, (608) 262-6900
Peterson is involved in developing approaches to genetically alter hemp plants via genetic engineering and CRISPR at the Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center.

HEMP FIELD DAYS:

UW–Madison Agronomy and Soils Field day
August 28, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The afternoon session of this annual field day will be devoted to industrial hemp. This special afternoon session, which runs from 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., will include a tour of the UW industrial hemp research plots, where researchers will share field observations and showcase organic weed management, conventional fertility and variety trial studies focused on fiber and grain production. An update on cannabidiol (CBD) research will also be provided. More information: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/news/2019/07/24/agronomy-soils-field-day-2019/

CBD Hemp Field Day
September 13, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This field day will focus on the harvesting, processing, and markets of CBD hemp. The event includes a panel discussion led by experienced producers, a tour of an ongoing fertility trial, a harvest demonstration, as well as a panel discussion on markets led by retailers, extractors and those involved in the process. This field day was organized by West Star Organics, Circadian Organics, UW–Madison Department of Horticulture, and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. More information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cbd-hemp-field-day-tickets-66675384871