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Behind Schedule, Indiana Farmers Hopeful For A Good Harvest

Farmers are beginning to enter their fields, and many are unsure of what their return yields will be. (Seth Tackett, WTIU/WFIU News)

In an ideal year, farmers across the state would already be in their fields harvesting, but that isn’t the case this fall.

Corn and soybean farmers in the northern part of the state are hoping this spring’s wet weather doesn’t have a significant impact on their yields, but they have to plan for the worst.

Lana Wallpe is a farmer in northern Indiana. She says her family is hoping to begin harvesting their corn crop today—which is a few weeks behind their normal schedule.

“When you plant corn anywhere from a 107-day maturity up to maybe a 114 day maturity, so that’s how we know when our corn is ready to be harvested," Wallpe says.

She expects the soybean crop to be delayed as well and says the plants themselves are short, which could limit the return farmers get.

Two of the most pressing things on the minds of farmers are the moisture levels of their crops — which impact the chances of them spoiling — and the yields each plant will produce. 

"We’re hoping to have a good, not an outstanding crop like last year, but we’re hoping to have a good yield," Wallpe says.

While the corn harvest in other parts of Indiana is still a few weeks away, farmers are beginning their preparation now.

Data from the United States Department of Agriculture says 40 percent of Indiana’s corn is usually mature at this point, this year only 16 percent of the state’s corn is classified as mature.

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