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Ill. Dept. of Agriculture releases 2020 hemp harvest numbers

This is a young hemp plant growing in the Heartland.  (Source: KFVS)
This is a young hemp plant growing in the Heartland. (Source: KFVS)((Source: KFVS))
Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 1:37 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture released final harvest numbers from the 2020 hemp growing season.

According to IDOA, it issued 802 hemp growers licenses for the 2020 season.

Hemp farmers reported 2,734 acres planted resulting in 2,392 acres harvested.

They said the 2020 numbers are down from 2019 just over 2,800 acres for total harvested crop.

“The hemp industry, just like many others was hit by the pandemic,” said IDOA Division of Cannabis Manager David Lakeman. “Workforce safety challenges, pandemic-related impacts on the market and some initial issues with processing all contributed to a more difficult year for the hemp industry. Despite these challenges, the Illinois hemp industry continued to demonstrate resilience and strength. IDOA remains committed to being a good partner to the industry, and we look forward to the 2021 growing season.”

IDOA broke down harvest numbers into four categories.

Farmers reported harvesting 1,278,000 pounds of flower, 39,000 pounds of seed, 8,500 pounds of grain and 48,000 pounds of fiber.

IDOA is currently accepting applications for the 2021 hemp growing season. You can click here for more information.

Units2020 Totals
Total Greenhouse Acres Planted122
Total Greenhouse Acres Harvested106
Total Field Acres Planted2,612
Total Field Acres Harvested2,286
Total Acres Planted2,734
Total Acres Harvested2,392
Percent Harvested87%
Yield-Grain lbs8,500
Yield-Fiber lbs48,000
Yield-Flower lbs1,278,000
Yield-Seed lbs39,000

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