NewsPublic Affairs / August 12, 2015

Indiana Corn Yields Expected To Drop 20 Percent From Last Year

Indiana's wet June and July have taken a toll on some of Indiana's corn fields. - Doug Jaggers

Indiana's wet June and July have taken a toll on some of Indiana's corn fields.

Doug Jaggers

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana’s farmers are expected to produce significantly less corn and soybeans after flooding devastated parts of the state.

The federal government’s first corn and soybean crop report of the year shows Indiana corn crops are expected to decline by about 20 percent from last year, while soybeans are down 9 percent. That follows the second-wettest June and July in the state’s recorded history. 

Yet Purdue corn specialist Bob Nielsen says the expected output is a mixed bag across the state.

“There are some fields around the state that are the best corn they’ve ever had; it is that good," Nielsen said. "But there are many other areas of the state where the fields are total disaster – literally, total disaster, nothing – and then everything in between.”

Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says the decline likely won’t change prices very much at the supermarket.

“Now the reason for that is while we had an impact to lower yields here, in other parts of the corn belt – particularly the western corn belt: Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska – they have excellent crops and even record yields.”

Hurt says beef prices have spiked to record highs but expects that to come down over the next few months.

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