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36% corn, 34% soybeans planted in Indiana

A western Indiana farmer says weather has continued to prevent him from planting this season.

Kevin Cox tells Brownfield they have their soybeans planted ahead of the rain expected Monday night. 

“We had a little over 1,000 acres starting this morning of corn yet to plant,” he said. “We’ve got all of our beans in the ground and corn now is pretty critical to get in, so we’re running like mad trying to get ahead of this next rain event because they’re talking about an inch of rain out of it at least depending on where you’re at.”

According to the latest crop report from the USDA, ​36 percent of Indiana’s corn has been planted, 14 percent behind last year and 3 percent slower than the 5-year average. 15 percent of the crop has emerged.  Soybeans are ​34 percent planted, that’s 13 percent behind last year and 4 percent ahead of the 5-year average.  The crop is 14 percent emerged.

After being rained out a few different times, Cox says this time of year is a gamble.

“You know, the forecast was cold and wet, so everybody tested it, backed off and sit,” he said. “The corn that I planted early came up and it’s good even stand. It’s fantastic and I wish I would’ve just kept on planting at the time. You just never know.”

Winter wheat is 88 percent jointed, 46 percent headed, and 80 percent rated good to excellent. Topsoil moisture is 96 percent and subsoil moisture is 93 percent adequate to surplus. 

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