Wet spring, dry summer dent Indiana corn, soybeans

August 11, 2011

Experts say Indiana farmers won't produce as much corn and soybeans as they had hoped for a second straight year.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report Thursday projects Indiana farmers to produce about 850 million bushels of corn on yields of 150 bushels per acre. That's down from about 900 million bushels on 157 bushels per acre last year.

The USDA projects soybean production at about 225 million bushels at 43 bushels per acre. That's down from 258 million bushels and a yield of more than 48 bushels of soybeans per acre last year.

The crops are down because wet fields in the spring delayed planting and a prolonged dry spell this summer hurt growth.

Purdue University farm economist Chris Hurt said the projections were even lower than expected.


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