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Farm Bureau Releases Spring Planting Update
Updated May 17, 2017 11:28 AM | Filed under: Agriculture
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(UNDATED) - Indiana farmers have been battling extreme rain and cold temperatures since late April. Indiana Farm Bureau spoke to several corn and soybean farmers in various counties across the state to learn how the weather has affected this planting season.

While the amount of corn and soybeans planted so far varies drastically depending on the farm, it appears that an average of roughly 50 percent of Indiana corn and soybean crops have been planted, with some farmers reporting that they are 100 percent complete and others reporting less than 30 percent complete.

Indiana Farm Bureau President, Randy Kron, says that April was ideal for crop farmers, the but the rain and cold brought that to a halt. Up to a foot of rain within 10 days occurred in Southwest Indiana in the first week of May. However some farmers say that the continuation of rain which most of the state saw during the second week of May did less harm than one might think. The ground stayed soft so it didn't create a crust which is important at the beginning of the growing season.

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