Growing Hemp in South Dakota
There was much hope that growing hemp in South Dakota would be legalized after passing the Senate Committee. However, Governor Kristi Noem raised objections stating that the legislation would be opening the door to legalizing marijuana growth in the future and vetoed the bill. While North Dakota and most of the other states in the country have already legalized hemp production due to the Farm Bill legalizing the produce on a federal level, South Dakota will not be making any moves to put regulations or programs in place to oversee hemp production.
The Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee have however said that the legalization process is a foregone conclusion and that this has just delayed the process rather than putting a stop to it. As the authority that is most likely to put regulations in place when hemp growth is finally legalized, it is still hoping that the state will claim their stake in the billion dollar industry by 2020. However, Governor Noem’s administration is currently not making any moves to reconsider the matter and legalize the production of hemp and hemp derived products.
The climatic conditions for growing hemp are just about as good as it gets with average humidity in the summer months and warm temperatures which are conducive to delivering bumper crops. Rainfall is also ideal in the state which should easily deliver the preferred 10-12 inches preferred by the hemp plant in a season. Soil conditions are also favorable for plants to produce long tap roots to draw nutrients buried deep underground. The long, sunny South Dakota summers are also conducive to optimal hemp growth. Under these conditions, full germination from seed can be expected in just 3 to 5 days and the plants will grow between 7 and 10 cm per day until harvest.