Purdue University Hemp News
Indiana Hemp Pilot Plots: Focus on Potential of Industrial Hemp
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The agronomic and economic potential of industrial hemp, as well as the legal issues surrounding its production, will be the focus of a Purdue Extension field day Aug. 25.Hemp, one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops, was once an important source of oilseed and fiber in the United States, where the hemp industry flourished for centuries until shut down by the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The 2014 Farm Bill legalized the growth of industrial hemp for research purposes, but the nearly 80-year freeze in hemp production has left information gaps on how to best produce the crop.
Purdue researchers have planted test plots of industrial hemp to help provide answers to basic questions of its production, such as the yields growers can expect, optimal soil conditions for hemp, which nutrients to apply, and how to identify and manage pests and diseases.
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This is what 5 day old industrial hemp looks like! Indiana hemp is growing at Purdue University – the first key step in handing over this amazing, agricultural row crop to Indiana farmers