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Hemp on the horizon for Texas farmers

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- Starting next year, there's a new crop Texas farmers can grow legally.

Hemp.

Some contend that the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana will bring in more money to farmers. Hemp can be used to make clothing and rope.

"It's a very high value fiber crop, and you can get a lot of yield off a little bit of land if you grow it right," said Marshall Tolleson, the Grayson County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent.

Hemp also has value for pharmaceutical purposes by extracting its cannabidiol oils (CBD).

Unfortunately, it could be an uphill battle to grow hemp in Grayson County.

"Terrible soil for hemp," Tolleson said. "We have heavy clay, and heavy clay has a tendency to permit this fungus to grow when the seedlings of the hemp plant emerge, and the fungus eats off the plant at the ground level... then it dies."

Hemp is expected to have the best chance of success in the Texas Panhandle and coastal plains.

Farmers will be required to have a permit to grow hemp, and every acre of crops must be tested for THC content level.

The rulemaking requirements, which are not yet finalized, mean that it could be that 2021 will be the first year of significant hemp field production in Texas, AgriLife Extension said.


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