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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tried to strike a balance between proponents and opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standards in setting levels for production of biofuels through 2016, said Purdue University energy policy specialist Wally Tyner.