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Uneven Weather Causing ‘Roly-Poly’ Indiana Crop Growth

Evening rainclouds shadow growing crops in Northwest Indiana in late June.

Uneven, wet weather is complicating the growing season for Indiana farmers.

There’s much more cash cropland this week that has too much moisture in its soil than at this time last year, according to the USDA’s latest crop progress report.

And the federal agency says the current condition of Indiana’s corn and soybeans isn’t as good as it was a year ago.

Indiana Farm Bureau lobbyist Bob White says changing temperatures and heavy rainfalls have led to inconsistent growing conditions, even on individual farms.

“It’s just a crop that goes, you know, roly-poly throughout the field,” White says.

Some crop areas lagging behind others, White says, could complicate things this fall.

“You’ll have four rows, basically, that are tall and are mature and ready to pick, and then the four next to it, basically, are not,” he says. “So that makes harvesting just really problematic.”

White says he expects harvest to go late this year – potentially past Thanksgiving.

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