USDA Revises Crop Estimate for Indiana

by scrosby on June 30, 2008

Recent flooding in southern and central Indiana will likely mean hundreds of millions of dollars in crop losses for Hoosier farmers. A new report released today by the US Department of Agriculture predicts the Hoosier State’s corn harvest will be down four percent from a pre-flood estimate in March, and ten percent from last year.

But Ken Klemme with the Indiana Department of Agriculture says it will take some time to get a clear picture of the flood’s impact.

“Farmers are still continuing to do some replanting, its too early to know how the acres that farmers chose to leave how those fields will yield, how the replanted fields will yield, so there’s just so much unknown right now, it’s really hard day to day to know whether to feel better or worse than you did the day before,” he said.

The Indiana Department of Agriculture estimates total crop losses could go as high as 800-million dollars.

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