Another report highlights dismal corn season in Indiana

MARY KUHLMAN — Indiana News Service

    INDIANAPOLIS - The sun is not shining on Indiana's corn growers this summer. This week, the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour estimated corn yields across six regions of the state at 142 bushels per acre, which is below Indiana's three-year average. And a U.S. Department of Agriculture report this month put Indiana corn production under a billion bushels and average yields lower than the national average for the first time in years. 
    Megan Kuhn, communications director with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, says many parts of the state were inundated with continuous rain that interrupted planting season.    "Many farmers may have corn in the field but there's not going to be any ears on it at harvest," says Kuhn. "So that's heartbreaking for farmers when they work really hard to get one crop in the ground and to see it not come to fruition."
    The crop tour's estimate for this year is about 24 percent less than the 2014 average. The USDA estimates average corn yields in Indiana at 158 bushels per acre, 10 bushels below the national average.
    Kuhn says consumers should not be concerned about corn supply or prices, as other states fared much better than Indiana. The USDA puts corn production at nearly 14 billion bushels, which is one of the highest on record.
    "While Indiana farmers are seeing lower crop yields, the rest of the country is going to see probably the second highest corn yields ever," says Kuhn. "So we're predicting actually a pretty big, robust corn crop across the U.S. so that should translate to really no effect to consumers at all."
    Kuhn said there is still time before harvest and other factors that can affect final production numbers.