Purdue experts advising patience for corn farmers
(AP) — Purdue University agricultural experts are advising farmers to be patient as they wait for their fields to dry so they can begin planting.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports farmers in Indiana have planted just 1 percent of the corn crop, compared with the five-year average of 30 percent by the end of April. A year ago, farmers reported they had planted 67 percent of the state's corn crop by now.
Purdue corn specialist Bob Nielsen says conventional wisdom in much of Indiana is that the prime planting window to maximize corn yields is between April 20 and May 10. But he says the calendar isn't actually a major factor in determining yields. He says technically farmers have plenty of time to plant if the state stops getting frequent rains.