Indiana’s corn crop has taken an expected hit thanks to early-season flooding followed by several dry months. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the state’s overall crop is down more than 5 percent, with losses in some areas as high as 20 percent.
The USDA projection suggests Indiana farmers will harvest nearly 850 million bushels of corn with an average of 156 bushels per acre. That is down 20 percent from last year’s record of 1.08 billion bushels on 188 bushels per acre.
Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielson says an "unusually dry August and September" took a toll on yields, especially coming on the heels of earlier flooding. He says the damage was uneven throughout the state, with yields ranging "from total disaster to above average." He says recent mild and dry weather did allow many farmers to wrap up the harvest earlier than in recent years.