LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Farmers interested in learning more about the potential challenges and opportunities of growing hemp are invited to a field day on July 19 at Meigs Farm, part of the Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center, 9101 S. 100 E, about 10 miles south of Lafayette.
Currently, hemp can only be grown with a research license in Indiana, however, we expect commercial production to begin in 2020. Purdue researchers have planted test plots to study production factors such as expected yield, optimal soil conditions, effective nutrients, and pest and disease management. Several Indiana hemp farmers working as part of a research cooperative will share their experience with production.
Field day topics include:
- Licensing and regulations surrounding hemp
- Processing and marketing
- Planting and harvesting
- Hemp agronomic practices
- Pest management
The field day will run from 8:15-11:35 a.m., and be repeated from 1-4:20 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Cost is $30, payable before or at the event. Make checks payable to Purdue DTC, 915 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907. Pre-registration is preferred by July 17. For more information or to sign up, go to https://bit.ly/2IZ8IuY.
— Marguerite Bolt, Purdue University Hemp Extension Specialist
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