July rainfall combined with June's historic rains to turn the two months into the second-wettest June and July on record in Indiana, according to the Indiana State Climate Office.
Rainfall during six weeks from about June 7 to July 21 totaled 15.09 inches, said the climate office, based in Purdue University's Department of Agronomy. The wettest June-July was in 1958, when 16.15 inches of rain fell in Indiana.
The agronomic and economic potential of industrial hemp, as well as the legal issues surrounding its production, will be the focus of a Purdue Extension field day Aug. 25. Hemp, one of the world's oldest cultivated crops, was once an important source of oilseed and fiber in the United States, where the hemp industry flourished for centuries until shut down by the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.
Most Purdue Extension activities during the Indiana State Fair this year will be held under one roof - the newly named Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building. The building will house several exhibits, featuring one of Extension's newest, "The Edible Journey: The Incredible Story of How Your Food Gets to You", as well as food preparation and nutrition demonstrations. The Ag/Hort Building is on the far west side of the fairgrounds in the midway area.
New and aspiring farmers will have an opportunity to visit a diverse group of Indiana farms, network with fellow farmers, and learn from experts in a series of workshops and tours offered as part of Purdue University's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program.