How hemp is handling wet weather

Quality Ag Farm hemp field in the rain. (John Stoeckl/News 10)

Hemp plants have proven to do very well in hot, dry weather. But how well is Oregon's bumper cash crop handling the recent rain and cooler temperatures?

Quality Ag fields are plush with bright green healthy hemp plants covering the landscape. Grants Pass hemp farmer Paul Kodydek said his hemp plants typically do well in both rainy and hot weather. He's been growing hemp for about 3 years.

“You know it’s a plant. It’s going to be outside.” Kodydek said. “It’s going to be rained on naturally.”

But no farm crop is without its issues. Kodydek said the biggest problems he faces when the rains come is potential mold, or the occasional plant falling over from the excess water weight.

“If you get out into the big field.” Kodydek said. “One out of so many plants sometimes has a tendency to fall over a little bit.”

He said his first act is to stand the plant back up and help it’s survival but it can cause half the plant to die. “Overall the rain doesn’t hurt the plants.” Kodydek said. “The plants love it.”

Kodydek walks the fields on a regular basis and said if you had problems initially, they tend to escalate in rainy weather.

He said hemp farming at this juncture is mostly checking the plants until harvest which will occur around the first week of October, so long as the weather stays good. He’ll be hiring over 100 workers to help with the harvest.

Hemp plants are known for their medicinal value containing an extract called cannabidiol, or CBD, which doesn't produce a high like the THC found in marijuana.

“This is a later strain than some of the strains out there.” Kodydek said. “But I don’t foresee any problems.”

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