Indiana farmer reviews USDA estimates

The USDA lowered its outlook for the 2022 corn crop and raised its estimate for soybeans on Friday.

Northeast Indiana farmer Brian Warpup, who was in Washington, DC for the release of the report, says it gives him a baseline as he starts planning for the next growing season. “Going into the 2023 crop year, I’ll probably fine-tune a lot of numbers just to try and put out more corn because as long as demand is still there in my area, my goal would be to grow more corn,” he says. 

He tells Brownfield even with the possibility of corn prices moving higher – input costs remain the wildcard. “With corn inputs up substantially over the last six months, going into a new crop year I would have to rake over the prices to see if it is evident that corn return just a little bit more on my farm,” he says. 

As for the condition of his corn and soybean crops?  Warpup says, “We were very dry early on,” he says.  “But I had 7 inches of rain in July which really helped turn the corn crop around.  I have walked my fields of corn and I feel very positive about the outlook of my corn crop.  Beans as well, we still need some rains in August to finish those beans out.”

The USDA lowered yield projections for corn, while slightly increasing soybean yields, with more adjustments probable in coming months.

AUDIO: Northeast Indiana farmer Brian Warpup

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