Indiana Ag Policy Summit Monday; Latest USDA numbers show more crops in poor condition

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 20, 2015) — Indiana farmers are trying to salvage their crops after more flooding issues, but the latest numbers from the USDA show more crops are in poor condition right now.

On Monday, some of those farmers plan to meet and talk with U.S. Senate candidates about the future of farming in our state. Members of the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) will hear from those candidates about several issues, including crop insurance programs.

Crop insurance has been a big concern this summer with all of the flooding in central Indiana. The latest USDA crop report shows our state has the poorest rating on soybeans and corn compared to the other major crop-producing states right now. The report shows 25% of the state’s corn crop is rated poor or very poor and 26% of the state’s soybean crop falls into the same categories.

Farmers say much of the problem is along a straight line from Newton County across the state to southern Allen County. Other problem spots include southern and western parts of the Bloomington area as well.

"For the farmers who didn't apply for crop insurance, they will have zero income for this crop year, and that's devastating,” said Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Kathleen Sprouse.

"I've farmed for 45 to 48 years and never experienced a rain event that has lasted this long and kept us out of the field this long,” said Vaughn Bracken, Owner of Bracken Farms.

The Indiana Ag Policy Summit runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday at the Indiana Landmarks Center.

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