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Huffman update

Corn LeaningAs summer gets underway many Indiana farmers are hoping their crops get out from under water. Another weekend blast didn’t help, but one Tippecanoe County farmer, even while detailing his lost corn and soybean production estimates, remains hopeful and thankful. And Levi Huffman also prefers what he has now to the alternative.

“The rivers are out and there’s a lot of damage all over, but the other thing you still have to remember, you grow more corn in a wet year than you do a dry year,” he said. “If it would turn off and get dry right now, all the roots are shallow, we’ve got compacted ground because we harvested too wet last year, and even planted it a little bit too wet, and there are some yellow spots here and there, and if it turned off the roots are so shallow that they probably wouldn’t go down if they tried to go down.”

Saturday night a strong rain storm blasted corn plants all around the area and now it’s easy to spot leaning corn. Again Huffman is optimistic.

“It’s not leaning enough that it won’t I think pretty well come out of it if we don’t get a lot more rain. Trouble is the ground is so soft it doesn’t take much for corn to go on over if we get a whole lot of heavy wind, but hopefully we won’t.”

Corn standing in waterThe overall yield drop could be 60-70 bushels per acre from last year’s record crop and 30-40 bushels less than average years. Soybeans could fall 10-15 bushels from a good, but not record crop last year.

Huffman would love to spray the crops but this wet June is keeping just about everybody out.

“We did get spraying done, pre-emergent and post emergent, but we haven’t gotten any post spraying done since. We’ve got 8.2 inches of rain in June and it’s still predicted to rain for the next week, but we’ve been blessed because there are places with more rain than what we’ve got.”

He also grows tomatoes and many of those fields have significant areas where the plants are under water. Quality will definitely be a problem this year.

Hear more in the HAT interview:Levi Huffman June 22 report