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A Purdue expert says despite the Indiana corn crop being planted a bit late, high yields are still likely.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen about the outlook for this year’s harvest.

Drought returning to some IN counties

Sep 5, 2013

Some Indiana counties are experiencing drought conditions again.

The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor show Benton, Newton, Warren and Lake counties are classified as having moderate drought. Prior to this week those areas, and about half of the state, were considered abnormally dry.

The Indiana State Climate office warns that the central portion of the state could move into moderate drought next week without enough rain, or if it continues to lose water.

Sweet corn myths

Jul 17, 2013
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Myth #1: Corn is a starchy vegetable that means it is unhealthy.

Valero plant close to reopening

Aug 30, 2012

Production at a bio-fuel plant in Linden remains suspended, but the facility is expected to reopen soon.

Valero Renewables is bracing to restart ethanol operations within the next few weeks.

But, company spokesperson Bill Day says exactly when is unknown.

He says when production resumes, it likely won’t be at full capacity.

Currently, 60 employees work at the Linden site.  None of them lost their jobs or pay due to the shutdown.

Day says even though production was halted, the workers did facility maintenance projects and underwent training.

U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is designating more Indiana counties a disaster area due to the ongoing drought.

The additional 14 counties are: Blackford, Boone, Clinton, Delaware, Fountain, Henry, Madison, Montgomery, Rush, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and White.

Farmers and ranchers in each of those counties, and ones contiguous to them, are available for federal disaster assistance, such as low-interest loans.

Dry, hot weather has taken hold in Indiana, with reports putting the state nearly eight inches below normal precipitation levels for this time of year.

Associate Professor of Horticulture Mike Mickelbart is looking for genes that affect water-use efficiency in corn plants. This involves measuring how much water is lost by plants in the field, which he says can be difficult to gauge.

"It's very dependent on the environment. So it depends on what the temperature is, what the light level is, the relative humidity of the air. It's a very dynamic measurement.”

No relief in sight from dry weather

Jun 25, 2012

Most Indiana counties are experiencing some form of drought. The worst hit is the southwestern part of the state.

Joe Kelsay is the director of the Indiana Department of Agriculture. He says the dry weather is a reminder of the difficulties farmers have growing their crop.