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2019 Illinois hemp harvest numbers

Info shows 73% of acres planted were harvested

PUBLISHED ON April 15, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has released final harvest numbers from the 2019 hemp growing season. IDOA issued 651 Hemp Growers licenses for the 2019 season. All but 137 of those licensees planted at least an acre during the inaugural season resulting in over 2.27 million pounds of total yield, with 73% of acres planted being harvested.

“We are encouraged by these yield numbers and optimistic for the 2020 growing season,” said Jerry Costello, IDOA Acting Director. “The Department has been diligently working to open markets for growers to sell their hemp. We recently developed a policy allowing licensed hemp growers to sell product to licensed cannabis cultivators for use in medical and adult-use cannabis products.”

Harvest numbers have been broken down into four distinct categories and a fifth to account for undefined variables in reporting. Farmers reported harvesting 1,482,489 pounds of Biomass, 595,128 pounds of flower, 65,489 pounds of seed and 15,107 pounds of stalk. Biomass and flower are typically used for their CBD oil, stalks for industrial uses, and seed will be planted this year or used for hemp seed oil.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Hemp growing season. If you are interested in growing or processing hemp, please visit our website at

Units Totals
Acres Planted 7,141.03
Acres Harvested 5,233.20
Percent Harvested 73%
Yield- Stalk lbs 15,107.00
Yield-Biomass lbs 1,482,428.96
Yield-Flower lbs 595,128.20
Yield-Seed lbs 65,489.30
Yield- Unknown lbs 69,290.00
TOTAL YIELD ALL UNITS (lbs) 2,227,443.45
Total Reports Complete 611
Total Reports
Awaiting Yield Clarification
(Reported above as yield unknown)
# Licensee who planted Zero Acres 137
# Licensee who Planted Over 5 Acres 119

— Illinois Department of Agriculture

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2019 Illinois hemp harvest numbers Info shows 73% of acres planted were harvested PUBLISHED ON April 15, 2020 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has

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How to get a hemp growing license in Illinois?

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Illinois Industrial Hemp License is Open for 2019

The Illinois hemp law has not only been passed, but also the regulations have been published, which means that it is the ready for its first growing season.

The public comment period for the new rules on Hemp expired on February 11, 2019, according to the latest edition of the Department of Agriculture’s Common Ground publication. The rules are finalized and Industrial hemp applications for licenses to cultivate or registrations to process the hemp are expected any day now.

Illinois’ Industrial Hemp Act goes into effect for the 2019 crop year. While the early adopters may reap some of the benefits, over the years hemp could become a common sight along corn and soybeans in the farmland of the state.

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Definition of Industrial Hemp

Section 5 of the Industrial Hemp Act defines Industrial Hemp as:

“Industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis that has been cultivated under a license issued under this Act or is otherwise lawfully present in this State, and includes any intermediate or finished product made or derived from industrial hemp.

Let’s unpack what that means.

  1. cannabis sativa is hemp, but also…
  2. that cannabis sativa has no more than 0.3 percent dry weight of THC, and
  3. it has been cultivated under license, or otherwise lawfully present in the state of Illinois, and
  4. any other product made or derived from hemp

Got those four points?

The regulations include the following rules:

  1. No person may grow hemp without a license
  2. No person may handle hemp without a license
  3. All seeds, clones and transplants must be certified under AOSCA.
  4. minimum space of one-quarter acre for outdoor and 500 sq.ft. for indoor growing
  5. A completed Illinois hemp license application must be submitted to the state BEFORE growing

Recently, the state of Illinois also released its application requirements for hemp – they are as follows:

    1. The name and address of the applicant
    2. The type of business or organization, such as corporation, LLC,
      partnership, sole proprietor, etc.;
    3. Business name and address, if different than the ones submitted in
      response to subsection (a)(1);
    4. The legal description of the land area, including Global Positioning
      System coordinates, to be used to cultivate industrial hemp;
    5. A map of the land area on which the applicant plans to grow industrial
      hemp, showing the boundaries and dimensions of the growing area in
      acres or square feet;
    6. Documentation to prove the land area is a farm as defined in Section 1-60
      of the Property Tax Code; and
    7. The applicable fee of $1,100.

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