Persistent rains and wet fields are keeping Indiana's farmers well behind their normal pace in planting the state's corn crop.
The federal government's weekly crop report says 8% of the Indiana corn crop was planted as of Sunday, up from 1% the week before. Last week Purdue University agriculture experts were urging farmers to remain patient as they waited for their fields to dry.
The 8% of corn planted so far is far behind the 82% planted by the same time last year and the 5-year average of 41%.
The crop report says Indiana's corn planting is now 26 days behind last year and 20 days behind the 5-year average. The report says Indiana's slowest recorded year for corn planting corn was in 1961, when virtually no corn had been planted by early May. Farmers can plant corn into late May and early June.
Though corn planting was well underway by this time last year, drought and near-drought conditions in Michiana led to reduced yields overall.
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