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Hoosier Hemp Farmers Using Wet Spring To Research

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Farmers currently growing are hoping to use the data they collect to influence future seasons and maximize their future yields. (Pixabay)

While state law limits the number of hemp acres grown, the small number of Hoosier farmers growing the crop say they’re trying to view the abnormally wet spring as an opportunity.

Because the hemp hasn’t been grown in large quantities throughout the region before, genetically modified versions that are specific to growing regions aren’t widely available. Farmers currently growing are hoping to use the data they collect to influence future seasons and maximize their future yields.

Marguerite Bolt is Purdue University’s hemp specialist. She says despite having a number of hemp fields flooded there is a positive way to spin the situation.

“This is a great research question: How far can we plant and still be able to get a yield that is going to meet whatever contracts growers will have?"

The Indiana General Assembly approved the growth and sale of hemp this past April after the 2018 farm bill removed it from the government’s list of federally controlled substances.

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