Hot, Dry Weather Negatively Impacting Corn, Soybean Crops

Indiana farmers haven't had the best of luck with the weather this summer.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – After a record harvest last fall, Indiana farmers are lagging behind this year.

The latest crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows only 15 percent of Indiana corn has been harvested for grain as of October 7. Compare that to the average of the past five years, when Hoosier farmers have had nearly 30 percent harvested by this time.

John Hawley, the agriculture and natural resources educator at the Purdue University Extension Office in Dearborn County, says rain totals are about five inches above normal, but the lack of considerable rain, plus dry and hot weather has impacted crops this summer. 

Statewide, the corn mature was only at 56 percent a week ago, down from 94 percent at this time last year.

Only 14 percent of soybeans have been harvested so far. That number is down from 38 percent a year ago.

Locally, Hawley says that southeastern Indiana farmers have seen 12,000 acres less in corn production and 8,000 acres less in soybean production when compared to last year.

"Dearborn County is not a big corn and soybean production county," Hawley said. "Hay is big here though."

The average hay cutting for this time of year is three to four. The lack of rain has hay a cutting or two behind, which can impact hay prices. 

As for crop conditions, the USDA reports 28 percent of the corn and soybean crop is in good condition. Around 40 percent of both crops are in fair condition and almost 30 percent of corn and soybean crops are in poor or very poor condition.

Learn more at   

More from Local News


Lawrenceburg First Responders Receive Alert About an Individual Jumping from the Carroll Cropper Bridge.

The patient was flown to U.C. Hospital via Air Care with unknown injuries.

Friday Fun Cruise-In Downtown Rising Sun

The cruise-in is from 5-8:30pm on June 21.

The Ripley County Community Foundation Announces Larry Sutherlin Memorial Scholarship

The Sutherlin Family established this scholarship in memory of Larry, who dedicated his life to the field of education.

Noah Knigga Verbally Commits to Eastern Michigan

Another SEI star is heading to the MAC.

2024 EIAC Spring All-Conference

East Central dominates by winning the conference in three of the six sports between both girls and boys.

Grace Quinlan Placed 17th at NCAA Outdoor National Championships

Grace Quinlan earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades in the high jump Saturday.

On Air

Your Hometown Radio Station playing
Ashley McBryde - Light On In The Kitchen - EAGLE ONLY NO INTRO

Florida Georgia Line Long Live 15:29
Billy Currington People Are Crazy 15:25
Dylan Scott This Town's Been Good To Us 15:22
Ronnie Milsap Smoky Mountain Rain 15:18