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April 24, 2014

Indiana farmers facing tough planting decisions

WEST LAFAYETTE — Agricultural experts say Indiana’s lingering cool spring will soon pose some tough choices for farmers waiting to plant their corn acreage.

Indiana’s weekly crop report says only 1 percent of Indiana’s corn crop had been planted by Sunday. That compares with the five-year average of 14 percent planted by the same date.

Purdue Extension agronomist Bob Nielsen says planting corn now is a moderate risk because Indiana’s 10-day forecast calls for more below-normal temperatures.

Nielsen says many farmers must soon decide whether to go ahead and plant corn or wait for warmer weather.

He says farmers who have thousands of acres to plant should probably go ahead and start planting, while those with small acreage might want to wait a week to let soils warm up.

 

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