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There Are Half A Million Unplanted Acres In Indiana, And The Number Is Likely To Grow

Unplanted fields, like this one in Vanderburgh County, can be throughout the state. (Seth Tackett, WFIU/WTIU News)

Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows there are half a million unplanted acres of farmland across the Hoosier State.

Purdue University agriculture professors say that’s about 10 times the average number of unplanted corn acres and four times the average unplanted soybean acres for this time of year. 

They hosted a webinar for farmers Tuesday about the state of agriculture. 

Purdue Agricultural Economics Professor Chris Hurt says the USDA’s decision to resurvey nearly all of the corn belt to check for unplanted acreage is unprecedented.  

Surveys usually stop in the middle of June and many of the current numbers are based on farmers stating they planned to put a crop in the ground. A number of wet days will likely cause disparities, and Hurt expects the number of unplanted acres to rise. 

So again, this seems really inconsistent," he says. "They had some decrease, but probably not nearly as much as it’s ultimately going to be in Indiana."

Wet weather delayed planting throughout the Midwest and much of Indiana, and recent flooding made the situation worse for some farmers.

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