Wet Spring Affecting Indiana Crops

There won't be a bumper crop this year, but depending on summer weather, most farmers should recover.

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Wheat and hay crops have been particularly hurt by the wet spring.

At least one official says this spring has been the wettest in the past several years for southern-central Indiana farmers. They‘re hoping the end of spring continues to mean an end to heavy rain and flooding. Farmers are finally getting corn and soybeans into the ground. They say planting is about three weeks late due to wet soil and flooding all season. Plus, storm damage to some farm buildings and properties also created a diversion.

Bartholomew County Extension Agent Mike Ferree says this year‘s crop probably won‘t be a top yield.

“The other crops that could be affected,” he said, “could be the wheat although it‘s looking good and if we have drier conditions through the rest of the period, I think you could see some wheat harvest in the next couple of weeks. That would certainly be a help to get the corn and soybeans in”

Ferree says the season has also thrown off hay and wheat, but adds farmers should be able to recover, weather permitting.

“The hay” he said, “that‘s one of the problems for those who were wanting to establish a spring planting of their forages. It‘s pretty hard to get anything going so they might be looking at a summer annual type of forage and try late summer, early fall.”

Ferree says sunny days with temperatures in the mid 80′s and adequate rain this summer would be ideal for crops.

Harvesting could begin in September and roll through November.

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