News and notes from around Indiana

Vegetable acres up slightly in Indiana

Contract acres of tomatoes for processing are expected to be up 1 percent at 9,100 acres in 2009. Production from those acres is forecast at 288,800 tons, an increase of 16 percent from a year ago.

Nationally, contract acres for the 5major processed vegetable crops are expected to be up 4 percent from last year at 1.2 million acres.

Washington County top hay producing county in 2008

Washington County lead the state in hay production last yearwith 63,700 tons, rounding out the top 5 hay producing counties, Lawrence was second, followed by Harrison, LaGrange and Greene.

Red Meat production up in February

Commercial red meat production in Indiana was up 2percent in February compared to a year earlier at 137.2 million pounds.

Nationally red meat production showed a 4 percent decline at 3.83 billion pounds.

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