Energy & Environment and Environment and Agriculture/Farming

Indiana farmers catching up on some planting

May 14, 2013

Some drier weather has helped Indiana farmers start catching up on this year's corn and soybean crops.

The federal government's weekly crop report says 30 percent of the Indiana corn crop was planted as of Sunday, up from 8 percent the week before. But this spring's persistent rains have kept corn planting far behind the 92-percent level reached at the same time last year and the five-year average of 54 percent.

The crop report says soybean planting is also behind typical pace. Six percent of the soybean crop's been planted, down from the average of 89 percent.

Tippecanoe County farmer Lloyd Leamon told the Journal & Courier that he's about two weeks behind on planting and doesn't know any farmers who are close to being done.

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