20 articles tagged "hemp".

The hemp industry is familiar with boom-and-bust cycles, with a surge in production acres in 2019 followed by a decline in the following years. According to Hemp Benchmarks, planted acres decreased by 42% from 2021 to 2022 in the United States. The report also showed a shift in the industry with an increase in fiber production acres from 2021 to 2022 (Hemp Benchmarks, 2022). According to the NASS report, Indiana hemp producers planted 255 acres in 2021 (Cornell University, 2022). Indiana hemp producers planted 646 acres in 2022 (OISC, personal communication). Most of the planted acres in 2022 were for grain and fiber hemp. There are 710 acres of hemp expected to be planted this season in Indiana. Over half of the planned acres are for grain and fiber hemp. The difficulty farmers face when growing this crop is not going unnoticed. Senator Braun (R-IN) and Senator Tester (D-MT) introduced[Read More…]

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We had some chilly nights last weekend and the beginning of the week, which caused concern for some hemp growers. But, we made it through and the hemp seems to be doing alright. There are some noticeable changes in color, which could cause alarm, other than that, the hemp is unscathed. One cultivar at Meigs went from a bright green to a deep purple. The same thing happens to the forsythia in my front yard and to many other plants this time of year. Most of the data on frost tolerance and hemp is out of Canada and focuses on grain and fiber specific cultivars. Growers have harvested all the fiber hemp and most of the grain hemp. However, there is not much data on frost tolerance in cannabinoid rich hemp. The University of Vermont does have some useful information on their experiences with frost and hemp. They find that[Read More…]

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