INDIANAPOLIS — Many Indiana crop farmers were surprised by the findings of last week’s USDA crop production report. The report, which shares national and state forecasting, is estimating similar corn and soybean yields to last year in Indiana.
In many areas of the state, farmers were expecting lower yields than forecasted by the USDA in its August report. Indiana crop farmers battled rough weather conditions this spring, with extreme rains in April, followed by many unseasonably cold days through the first week of May.
Indiana Farm Bureau spoke to several row crop farmers in various counties across the state to gauge the growth and pollination of their corn, specifically, and to discuss how their own fields appear to compare to the estimates issued last week.
Kevin Cox of TST Farms in Parke County explained the situation many Indiana row crop farmers are seeing this summer.
“The corn that I planted early this spring is thin and the corn that I had to replant multiple times this spring is incredibly immature,” explained Cox. “In some areas, I have a nice, fully-developed ear of corn, but in many areas I have ears that are just beginning to be pollinated, which makes me about 30 days late on a lot of my corn.”