Agriculture/Farming and Energy & Environment

Indiana corn coming in sooner, faster, better in 2010

September 21, 2010

Indiana's corn harvest is off to a strong start.

A Purdue University Extension expert said Tuesday that the harvest started sooner and is moving quicker than average.

Bob Nelson says the 2010 crop grew fast, matured early and dried well in the field, meaning farmers should spend less on mechanized drying methods.

Nelson says most of the crop could be harvested by early October if Indiana continues its dry weather. He says grain quality is higher than last year in part because of less disease.

The Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers harvested 27 percent of their corn by Sunday, compared with none by this time last year and an average of 6 percent over the past five years.

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