Marguerite Bolt

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Individuals interested in learning more about producing hemp for fiber and different post-harvest applications are invited to a field day at a fiber hemp farm in Martinsville Indiana on August 30th. This field day is hosted by the Midwest Hemp Council and Indiana Farmers Union. Attendees can expect a fun-filled day of learning and networking. Each session will include four stations, where attendees will learn about: The agronomics of hemp production, pests affecting hemp and how hemp fits into our Indiana agricultural landscape How hemp is harvested and post-harvest preparation before it goes to a processor The necessary processing steps of the hemp stalks, specifically decortication Novel and traditional applications of hemp fiber There are two sessions to choose from—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch is included for both sessions. To learn more and register, please visit https://www.midwesthempcouncil.com/fiber-forum-field-day.







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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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Many hemp growers are beginning to harvest or are gearing up to harvest. Growers are spending more time in the field observing plants and collecting samples for testing to measure THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (cannabigerol). Growers should also continue to scout for pests.