Murray State Theses and Dissertations


Hemp, or Cannabis sativa, is a plant that can be used for many products, such as textiles, oils, and seeds. Currently, the four most important textiles in the United States’ manufacturing industry are cotton, wood, silk, and linen. In the 1950s, the United States Government banned the production of hemp, as it was legislated into the marijuana policy of this industry. Because of this, the hemp crop was pushed out of the textile industry and replaced by cloth, linens, and textiles. Section 7606 of the Agriculture Act of 2014 declares the State Department of Agriculture’s legalization of industrial hemp research in institutions and universities, regulated by the state government. With a rise in hemp production in Kentucky, many universities became involved to create change in state research. The focus of this study was on the production of industrial hemp at Murray State University. This study aimed to gain a better knowledge of the production rate and viability of four varieties of industrial hemp. These four varieties were Futura 75, Santhica, Canda, and Delores. This research studied the yield, soil content, weather, and THC and CBD content so that farmers can develop a more tactical approach to grow this crop in the future. The study contained analysis on weather, soil, and THC and CBD levels for the hemp crops grown in 2014-2017 at Murray State University.

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Year degree awarded


Thesis Advisor

Dr.Brian Parr

Committee Chair

Dr. Brian Parr

Committee Member

Dr. Alyx Shultz

Committee Member

Dr. Michelle Santiago

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Agriculture Commons