Hemp growers in Malheur County endure learning curve

A hemp field east of Vale. (The Enterprise/file)

VALE – Hemp is a relatively new crop in Malheur County, and while it promises lucrative returns for cultivators and CBD producers, a formidable learning curve faces anyone who hopes to grow it successfully.

Stuart Reitz, Malheur County extension agent, said that the outcome of this season’s hemp harvest is variable. 

“Some people seem to be doing well, and other people are kind of struggling along trying to figure out how to do things,” Reitz said. 

This appraisal was echoed by area hemp and medicinal marijuana farmers who recently concluded their harvest. 

In addition to sharing how this year’s harvest went, they also shared the issues related to growing the plant that they encountered and in some cases, overcame.

Reitz . . .