As wet weather continues across much of Indiana, an increasing number of farmers are choosing to take preventative plant insurance rather than trying to get crops in the ground.
Much like other types of insurance, it allows farmers to purchase a level of coverage that protects them against losses. This time last year 94% of Indiana’s corn was in the ground, this year, less than a third has been planted.
Matt Johnson farms about 2,500 acres in four northern Indiana counties.
He will leave 900 acres of what would have been popcorn empty.
"We’ve got nothing period in the ground other than the wheat that was planted last fall," he says. "We are still almost too wet to hardly do anything but spray at this point."
While he plans to switch to other crops in some fields, Johnson says it’s not always economical to keep planting.
He says about 85 percent of his losses will be covered.