The 2019 growing season in the Midwest region provided ample rainfall for hemp to be grown successfully, with little need for supplemental irrigation. Hemp clones and seedlings need consistent moisture in order to establish a prominent root system. This time is crucial for plants, and farms need to have a plan to provide water to plants if rainfall is inadequate. Drip irrigation can be a cost effective method for supplying sufficient moisture during this time. Regardless of method, farms need to have a plan in place for getting water to plants in crucial times and when rainfall is insufficient. During vegetative growth, while the plant canopy is filling in, weed control is necessary to keep plants from getting “crowded out.” Shallow tilling is an effective method for controlling weeds, as well as keeping the soil aerated. During vegetative growth tissue samples can be taken and sent for analysis to detect nutrient deficiencies. United Soils Inc offers tissue testing, and sample collection bags and instructions are available for pick up at our facility in Monee. Pest control for outdoor hemp crops typically relies on organic methods such as beneficial insects or diatomaceous earth, since most chemical applications would trigger positive results on pesticide screening during intake processing. Refer to list below for chemicals to avoid.