Hemp Crop Destruction and Legalization Analyzed in Recent Report

A new report from New Frontier Data delves into the average number of plants that are considered to be “hot” and what the industry could look like in the near future.

New Frontier Data released new data on August 5 regarding crops and how many plants have gone “hot,” or exceeded the required limit of less than 0.3 percent THC, and needed to be destroyed. In its “Hot vs. Not?” research, the company states that the average percentage of plants that are considered hot in hemp harvests throughout the U.S. is 10.81 percent (based on data between 2018-2020).

New Frontier Data mentions that some states have either not been keeping detailed records of THC sampling in crops, or are not willing to publish the data, so the accuracy of these suggestions should be accepted with this in mind. 

2018: 111,912 acres of hemp licensed, 78,176 acres planted, (harvest data unavailable for 2018).

2019: 511,442 acres of hemp licensed, 242,565 acres planted, 134,059 acres harvested.

2020: 336,655 acres of hemp licensed, 70,530 acres planted, 33,845 acres harvested.

With what the data does offer, more than 4,000 acres of crops were destroyed in 2019 (out of the 242,565 acres that were planted) because they were considered to be

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