Indiana grain farmers are hustling to keep up with harvest as fall progresses.
The state's soybean crop is 42 percent harvested as of this week, about the same as average. But the corn crop lags at just 24 percent.
Indiana is set to have unexpectedly big corn and soybean harvests this fall, meaning continued tight profit margins for farmers and more low food prices.
The infection is a harmful fungus that affects corn and was first discovered in the southern United States before it traveled north to Indiana.
Ted McKinney has directed Indiana's Department of Agriculture since 2014, after working at Dow AgroSciences and Eli Lilly subsidiary Elanco.
Heavy rain and temperature fluctuations across the state are causing inconsistent growing conditions that could push harvest past Thanksgiving.
Mexico could slap new tariffs on imports of the syrup if the deal isn't finalized, and the effects of that tariff could trickle down to farmers.
The companies still must address areas where regulators says they’ll have too big a market share, but those aren’t the areas that have Indiana farmers worried.
Large populations of slugs are damaging soybeans and corn, leaving Indiana farmers at a deficit.
Corn is more than halfway planted and a quarter of soybeans are planted.