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Farmers Need Late Frost For Good Crops Yields

Farmers say they need a late frost to give their crops time to mature. They planted crops late this year because of the rainy spring and hot summer.

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A report said a little more than a third of the Indiana corn and soybean crop had matured as of September 18.

Because of the state’s unusually hot summer, farmers may need fall temperatures to delay their arrival if the are to salvage reasonable crop yields this year.

According to a recent report from the Indiana State Climate Office, a little more than a third of the Indiana corn and soybean had matured by September 18.

“Most of the remainder of the crop is probably going to mature safely before such a killing freezing or frost occurs,” Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen said. “I think it’s looking much more positive at this point than it was even a week ago.”

Indiana Farm Bureau Vice President Randy Kron says farms need a later frost than normal because most crops were planted late this year.

“The frost is a concern especially for the late beans, which we are what we call double crops,” he said. “The wheat crop came off probably ten days later than normal , so we need a later frost.”

Climatologists say the fall’s first frost occurs by Halloween about 90 percent of the time.

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