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Indiana Corn, Soybean Crops Could Set Records This Year

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Indiana’s corn and soybeans could be headed to a record year, according to the first crop production report for 2016.

Purdue agricultural experts say Mother Nature has mostly cooperated with Hoosier farmers this year. And a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Friday predicts the second-largest corn crop in Indiana history, with the largest soybean crop.

Still, Purdue corn specialist Bob Nielsen preaches caution – he says there’s still 30 to 45 days left this season.

“If we remain in these warm or warmer than normal conditions, that might take a little bit of the frosting off the top on some of these yields,” Nielsen says.

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Purdue economist Chris Hurt says big crops are good news for Hoosiers at the grocery store.

“I think this is a very good indication that we have a lot of optimism that we’re going to keep food inflation low,” Hurt says, adding that unlike much of the U.S., revenue for Indiana farmers should be strong – mostly because last year’s was so poor, due to flooding across the state.

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