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Strong Winds From Hurricane Isaac Could Hurt Indiana Crops

Remnants from Hurricane Isaac could bring as much as six inches of rain to some parts of the state.

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    Hurricane Isaac is expected to reach Indiana between Saturday and Sunday.

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    Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU-WTIU News

    Farmers say soybeans (above) and corn cannot take any more stress after the summer drought.

While remnants of Hurricane Isaac that expected to move into Indiana on Sunday could produce much needed rain for Midwest farmers, it could also hurt crops that have been weakened by the drought.

The National Weather Service is predicting the storm could dump up to six inches of rain on some parts of the state.

Brett Glick, owner of L&M Glick farm in Bartholomew County, says while he is excited about the prospect of more rain after a long summer drought, he worries about what a large downpour could do to his crops.

“What we don’t want is driving rain and heavy winds,” Glick says. “The stalks are kind of weak and one more stress, it could flatten the corn fields and really be salt in the wound.”

And if the corn does get knocked over, it will likely collect moisture and mold. Farmers would then have to take extra steps to dry out the crop.

“You have to burn a lot of propane to burn it down,” Glick says. “It’s kind of a double whammy. Not only do you have a harder time to get it and your getting less out of the field, you now have to pay extra so you can store it.”

According to Purdue University, Indiana corn production is expected to drop 28 percent from last year, and Glick says farmers in his area already lost between two thirds to three fourths of their crop so far this year.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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