Indiana crops: 47% corn, 49% soybeans rated good to excellent

A southwest Indiana farmer says variable is the best way to describe his crop this year.

Mark Seib says he wasn’t sure how his crops would end up after 15 inches of rain fell in May and the majority of the corn crop had to be replanted.  “The corn that was older – we could save it and it is looking really good,” he says.  “It’s actually already silking.  We’ve had the fungicide put on it.  But we also have corn that isn’t even tasseling yet because of the replant we had to do.”

According to the USDA’s latest weekly crop report 39 percent of Indiana’s corn crop is silking and just 47 percent is rated good to excellent.

Soybean condition declined slightly from last week with 49 percent rated good to excellent.  Fifty percent of the crop is blooming and 13 percent is setting pods.

Winter wheat harvest is wrapping up with 90 percent of the crop harvested.

Seib tells Brownfield it was one of the best wheat crops he’s ever seen.
“We did not have disease, we did not have damage, we did not have like that for the wheat crop,” he says.  “And the yields we got off of it – we’re really happy with the production we got off the wheat crop.”

Harvest is also underway for cucumbers and mint.

AUDIO: Mark Seib, southwest Indiana farmer

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