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.
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.