US (MO): Ste. Gen lavender farm shows loss just happens in lavender farming

The MU Extension Program in Ste. Genevieve has seen some interesting results coming from their lavender farm.

The Ste. Genevieve lavender farm is one of three planted in the state as part of a $39,274 grant through the Missouri Department of Agriculture to help determine how to grow lavender as a commercial crop in the state. Ste. Genevieve County MU Extension, Adair County MU Extension in Kirksville, and the Springfield Botanical Gardens were all picked as farming sites for the experiment.

Ste. Genevieve’s site had six varieties planted in May of 2021, and according to Horticulture Field Specialist Kate Kammler, the majority of the lavender was lost.

“We lost the majority of it due to six inches of rain in July and poor drainage,” explained Kammler. “The site has compacted soils, and even though we held them, the drainage still wasn’t enough for that kind of rain.”


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