Crops
image of a corn field suffering from nitrogen deficiency
After a brief stretch of dry weather midweek, rain was expected to return to parts of central and southern Indiana Friday night into Saturday (May 19 and 20), dealing another setback to farmers who have fallen significantly behind schedule in planting the state's grain crops.
Indiana's corn producers had 30 percent of their crop planted as of May 1 and were ahead of schedule despite more rain than normal so far this spring.
Anyone needing Indiana agricultural statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture can now get them on a free mobile app created by Purdue University.
Farmers who have been delayed in planting corn could take advantage of a market rally in soybeans and switch to that crop, Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.