Ag Business
Flooded field in Jay County, IN
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.
Young corn in flooded field
Torrential rains and resulting flooding have destroyed as much as 5 percent of Indiana's corn and soybean crops and potentially have caused about $300 million in crop damage since the beginning of June, Purdue Extension economist Chris Hurt said Friday, June 26th.
Indiana farmers should expect little relief from the weather this week. The forecast for the Tippeca
While assessing potential crop damage from recent torrential rains and flooding in parts of the Midwest will take time, farmers should be prepared for possible losses, Purdue Extension experts say.
Irrigation equipment
Crop producers need to start preparing for irrigation season now as planting nears the end, says a Purdue Extension and Michigan State irrigation specialist. "If you ignore irrigation equipment until the first really hot dry day you often end up cutting corners and taking risks as you desperately try to get that first irrigation water to fly," said Lyndon Kelley.