Indianapolis, IN—The Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, December 17 – 19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, will hold a free program for farmers who are interested in or considering growing hemp in 2020. Newly announced federal guidelines have led Indiana to begin to develop its own regulations on the commercial production of hemp. State officials and regulators will outline these rules and provide additional information for those planning to plant hemp in 2020.Participants in the program include: Dr. Robert Waltz – State Seed Commissioner; Mark Boyer – Hemp farmer; Justin Swanson- Midwest Hemp Council; and Purdue Agronomy Hemp specialists. In addition to regulatory issues, agronomy information will be presented to help with production and crop protection decisions. With no crop protection products currently licensed for use on hemp, growers will face a number of management decisions.Hemp presents an opportunity for Hoosier farmers to realize a new source of income from a growing industry. While the crop represents a good deal of potential, there are considerable risks involved. Those considering hemp in 2020 or at a future time would benefit from this event.The seminar will take place on Tuesday, December 17, at 1pm. Admission to the Expo and to the hemp seminar is free and preregistering at www.indianafarmexpo.com will provide a free parking voucher.
In West Bengal, severe heat wave prevailed in the westernIn West Bengal, severe heat wave prevailed in the western districts with Bankura recording the maximum at 47 degrees Celsius.Severe heat wave gripped Birbhum (44 degrees), Burdwan (42.3 degrees) and West Midnapur district (45 deg C) while Nadia, Murshidabad, Howrah, Purulia districts witnessed 43 deg Celsius.Asansol and Sriniketan recorded 44 degrees and it was 43 degrees in Krishnanagar and 39 degrees Celsius in Malda.Kolkata recorded a maximum of 38.5 degrees c while neighbouring Dumdum saw temperature rise to 40.6 degrees C, the Met office said.In neighbouring Jharkhand, Jamshedpur recorded a high of 45.8 degree C, six degrees above normal.With 41.5 degree C, Ranchi continued to sizzle while heat wave conditions continued in Palamau (43.8 degree C), Giridih (43), Latehar (42), Lohardga (42), Simdega (42) and Khunti (41), the MeT said.Sahibganj in the Santhal Pargana region experienced 39 degree C.In Telangana, heat wave has so far claimed 49 lives and there seems no respite from soaring mercury as the hot weather is likely to prevail at few places in the state for at least two days, a Disaster Management department official said.”Till yesterday, we have reports that 49 persons died due to heat wave in the state (during this summer season),” the official told PTI.Mahabubnagar district topped the chart of heat-related deaths at 39.Temperature has been hovering above 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the state since last fortnight prompting the government to issue a heat wave alert in all districts.According to a MeT bulletin, heat wave conditions are likely to prevail at a few places in Telangana today and tomorrow.advertisementThe highest maximum temperature of 45 deg Celsius was recorded at Bhadrachalam, Khammam, Nalgonda and Nizamabad.The Met report further said that rains occurred at one or two places in the state.In view of the weather conditions, the government had advanced summer holidays for schools to April 16 from scheduled date of April 24.Interestingly, below normal (-1.6 Degree C to -3.0 Degree Celsius) were recorded at most places over Jammu and Kashmir, at a time when several parts of the country are witnessing high temperatures, the India Meteorological Department said.”Minimum temperatures are appreciably above normal (3.1 degree Celsius to 5 Degree Celsius) at many places over East Madhya Pradesh and Rayalaseema and at a few places over Telangana, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Madhya Pradesh and Gangetic West Bengal. Above normal (1.6 Degree Celsius to 3.0 Degree Celsius) was recorded at most places over East Uttar Pradesh,” the MeT said.Heavy rain is very likely at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh and Assam & Meghalaya. Severe heat wave conditions are very likely at isolated places over Odisha and heat wave conditions are very likely at a few places over Odisha, Jharkhand, Telangana and Rayalaseema and at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal, Bihar, Vidarbha, south coastal Andhra Pradesh and north & interior Tamil Nadu. PTI TEAM RCJ