Indiana farmer says crops are holding up despite dry start

A south-central Indiana farmer says crops have held up relatively well despite the dry start to the growing season.  Matthew Lucas tells Brownfield his farm didn’t receive any precipitation for most of June.  “There has been some damage done, at least on ear size from what we’re seeing,” he says.  “But we will just have to wait and see what the rest of the year offers to see how things do.”

As for soybeans?  “The soybeans at least in the immediate local area seemed to be robust and not showing a lot of stress,” he says. “There were some concerns early on about low pod counts, but those seem to be mitigated and I think that they’re catching up at this point.”

Lucas says the crops look healthy as both corn and soybeans have seen limited disease pressure this year.

Lucas raises corn and soybeans near Brownstown, Indiana, halfway between Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY. 

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