Purdue expert: Indiana corn crops a ‘mixed bag’

FILE - This undated file photo shows an Indiana corn crop. (WLFI File Photo)
FILE - This undated file photo shows an Indiana corn crop. (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The overall progress of corn growth around the state is described as a “mixed bag” by one Purdue researcher.

Purdue Corn Extension Specialist Bob Nielsen said the corn crop around the Lafayette area is doing well despite the delayed start.

The combination of warmer temperatures and limited rainfall is helping the corn. Nielsen said there has not been much standing water around this part of the state, but it is a different story in other locations.

He said areas in East Central Indiana have had more rainfall and it is noticeable in the fields.

“Crops were obviously stunted because of too much water, so there [are] areas like that,” said Nielsen. “But as you head up toward Chicago through Northwest Indiana, I think that looks pretty good.”

Nielsen said the main frustration at this point is the frequent rain. He said it makes it difficult for farmers to complete field operations, like nitrogen or herbicide applications.

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