USDA: 26% of Indiana Corn, Soybeans in Poor Shape

July 16, 2015 08:06 PM
USDA: 26% of Indiana Corn, Soybeans in Poor Shape

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says roughly one-quarter of Indiana's corn and soybean crops are in poor shape following the state's wettest June on record.

Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says the federal agency's latest report rates 25 percent of Indiana corn as being "very poor" or "poor." The report says 26 percent of Indiana soybeans are in similar conditions.

Purdue has estimated losses for corn and soybean crops are nearly $500 million.

The State Climate Office has said Indiana's average June rainfall of 9.03 inches was a new record for the month. The (Muncie) Star Press  reports many fields that had begun to dry out were again drenched last week.

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Mike Maxfield
Fort Worth, TX
7/17/2015 12:21 AM

  Just spent three weeks on vacation in Indiana; observed my farm in Whiteland where mini-lake has developed covering about 1-2 acres in West Field (11 Acre Field planted in Coren); this in not unusual and the East Field planted in Soybeans does not appear to have any standing water in low spots (field looks very healthy). However, I observed many fields near Lafayette, Monticello, Delphi, Remington, Merriville, Portage, and Hobart that have standing water in places that I have not observed such water over the last 30 years, particularly this late in the year. Many crops of corn and soybeans are exhibiting lagging growth and yellowing due to drowning, however those planted on higher ground or planted earlier are good sized and tasseling. Overall, I would assess damage to crops as significant but not excessive; really depends on the relative height of ground and low spots in terrain.


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