Newswise — April 1, 2021 – Recent legalization of industrial hemp has opened new opportunities for hemp-based research. This April 1st Soils Matter Blog explores the feasibility of intercropping industrial hemp with pine trees and the advantages that would come with it.

According to blogger Tyrik Cooper, “In order to grow loblolly pines for lumber to be used in construction, they must be grown with enough room to grow into tall, straight trees. But there is 50-foot by 20-foot (space) of unused land in the middle of each stand. So, a good question to consider is why waste this space.”

Industrial hemp and loblolly pines have different growing requirements, so they wouldn’t interfere with each other. Landowners would likely gain a source of income from the products industrial hemp produces.

Cooper conducted a greenhouse study to test the feasibility of growing industrial hemp in loblolly pine soil. To learn what he found, read the entire blog: https://soilsmatter.wordpress.com/2021/04/01/can-industrial-hemp-be-intercropped-in-pine-plantations/

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