Crops Booming During Mild Indiana Summer
By Mike Perleberg
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – For the second straight year, southeast Indiana’s farmers may see a bumper crop.
Corn and soybean fields across the state yielded low, if any returns during the drought stricken summer of 2012. Last year was much improved with favorable conditions throughout the growing season. Right now, farmers are very pleased when they look from their porch out onto their fields.
“It’s so much different than a couple years back. We can kind of put that behind us, 2012. Crops are looking excellent,” says Dearborn County Purdue Extension Office Educator Mike Hornbach.
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Hornbach, who speaks with local farmers on an almost daily basis, says it could be another bumper crop locally. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly Indiana crop report for July 28 backs up that claim. The report says overall corn condition is 75 percent good to excellent, right on par with last year. Soybean condition is 71 percent good to excellent, compared to 74 percent last year.
Hornbach expects much of the excess corn to go towards livestock production. Beef inventory in many parts of the country is still below normal levels.
“If you’re looking for cheaper prices (at the grocery store), I can’t see that happening anytime real soon,” he said.
A virus this past winter wiped out millions of pigs, which Hornbach believes could create an ongoing concern in pork production.