INDIANAPOLIS – A Purdue University farm expert says recent rainfall has delivered a late-season boost to Indiana’s drought-stressed soybean crop.
Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt said Wednesday he expects Indiana’s average soybean yields to be 39 bushels an acre thanks to the recent rains. That’s 23 percent below the 20-year average, but about two bushels better than federal projections released Aug. 10.
Despite that welcome rainfall, Hurt said farmers are now worried the remnants of Hurricane Isaac could dump heavy rains on Indiana this weekend. National Weather Service rainfall projections indicate Isaac could drop up to 7 inches of rain on western Indiana.
Hurt said if that much rain falls, and it’s paired with strong winds, it could topple some corn plants and leave fields muddy and prone to diseases.