Indiana's corn and soybean crops in a month of rain have gone from among the best to among the worst, with Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt now estimating that production could decline by $475 million.
Indiana set a record for rainfall in the month of June, with a state average of 9.03 inches, the Indiana State Climate Office said Wednesday (July 1). June also was the fourth-wettest of any month on record since 1895.
Planting cover crops could help preserve healthy soil in fields that have been left empty this year because of flooding, according to a new article by Purdue agronomist Eileen Kladivko and Barry Fisher, Indiana state soil health specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Purdue University faculty and staff members of a multi-university initiative to make global climate information of better use in farming will receive the College of Agriculture's 2015 TEAM award. TEAM, an acronym for Together Everyone Achieves More, is given annually to a Purdue team of professionals for their interdisciplinary achievements. This year's honorees are the Purdue members of Useful to Usable, or U2U as it is called, a climate research and education project based at Purdue.