Uncontrollable wildfires in the state of Oregon have made its agriculture school to postpone their first hemp field day. The Oregon state university was set to hold the virtual event on September 16 but delayed it by a week. The event will now be held on September 23.
The hemp field day was planned to showcase the university‘s 2020 hemp research. The school now says that it will devote the first hour of the rescheduled hemp field day to presentations on the effect of the recent wildfires and smoke on the hemp crops.
In 2019, the Oregon state university created a Global Hemp Innovation Center that was meant to be a global leader in hemp research. As planned before the delay, the work of the innovation center in the past year will also be shown on the new field day. Part of the work is the hemp varieties that the Global Hemp Innovation Center grew in four regions of the Oregon state.
In terms of acres of hemp crop planted, the state of Oregon still ranks among the top states in the U.S.
The wildfires in Oregon have been reported to have burnt over one million acres of land across the state. According to some press reports the wildfires were caused by natural phenomena like dry lightning storms and some trees knocking down power lines as they fell. The powerful, dry, offshore winds in the state were linked with causing the heavy spread of the fires; thus made the situation out of control.