Indiana Crops

Indiana farmers are clinging to hopes they can salvage something from a dismal year.

The rainy spring delayed planting for many corn and soybean farmers, in some cases pushing it to as late as June.

The U-S Department of Agriculture’s August crop forecast predicts a 15-percent drop in soybean yields, and a 12-percent drop for corn.

Purdue agronomist Bob Nielsen says even that gloomy forecast may be too optimistic.

After getting drenched in the spring, much of the state fell victim to drought in July, and those conditions could spread further this month.

And Nielsen notes the U-S-D-A rates only a little more than a third of the crop in good condition.

He says there’s a good chance that damage pushes the final yields even lower.