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Farmers Surge Ahead

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This chart, based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, shows the progress of corn planting in Indiana, highlighting key years since 1993. (Purdue Department of Agronomy graphic/Bob Nielsen)
A month ago, Hoosier farmers were wondering how wet would it get... and when could they get into the fields? They got a break from rain, and by late May were able to surge ahead of the five-year average pace in planting corn and soybeans. Despite cool temperatures and intermittent rain last week, farmers had planted 86 percent of the intended corn acreage as of the week ending May 26, following weeks of planting delays from frequent and heavy rains in April, especially in southern Indiana.
Larger equipment also helped farmers make fast progress. Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, says a combination of favorable soil conditions and today's high-capacity field equipment allowed Indiana corn growers to plant 78 percent of the state's corn crop in three weeks.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service said most of the fruit and berry crops will make it through the bloom stage this year with little damage from frost.
More info at this Purdue link: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2013/Q2/indiana-farmers-now-ahead-of-five-year-pace-in-planting-crops.html
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