Field Trials in the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project
Dr. Zachary Brym, Industrial Hemp Program Research Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Agronomy, Tropical Research and Education Center, UF/IFAS
The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project has established variety trials for a diversity of hemp genetics among Florida’s environments and additional field trials to design an effective hemp cropping system for Florida’s farmers. Variety trials were planted at three UF/IFAS research locations: TREC – Homestead, AFRU – Hague, NFREC – Quincy. As many as 25 hemp varieties were planted representing various uses (fiber, grain, CBD) and regions of origin (North America, Europe, Asia). Following initial screening of varieties, additional trials were planted to improve seed emergence, such as pre-plant seed treatments, herbicide control, and moisture management.
Dr. Zachary Brym represents the Department of Agronomy at the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead. He holds a Ph.D in ecology from Utah State University with specialization in crop physiology and computational biology.
His research and extension program explores how production systems can remain profitable while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. His projects focus on the role of biodiversity and scale in agroecosystems, the distribution and management of invasive plant and pest species, and the impacts of management practices on crop production and environmental conservation. His work recommends data-supported adaptive management practices across commodities to address local and regional challenges to crop production.