University researchers at Mizzou have a head start on growing hemp.

A report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the law allowed the universities to begin growing hemp immediately but otherwise takes effect August 28th.

The research is occurring in Columbia and at six other university centers across the state.

A spokesman with the University of Missouri’s Agricultural Experiment Station says it’s important for researchers to learn about hemp before farmers try to grow it.

Topics being studied include: how the crop grows in different areas of the state, weed control and how much water is needed.