Agency: One-quarter of Indiana corn, soybeans in poor shape

This June 22, 2015 photo shows a flooded soybean field near Terre Haute, Ind. A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground in the U.S., though a wet few months have kept farmers from planting in some states, the government said Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The planted soybean acreage is 2 percent more than in 2014, with the largest increases found in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee. (Austen Leake/Tribune-Star via AP)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says roughly one-quarter of Indiana’s corn and soybean crops are in poor shape following the state’s wettest June on record.

Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says the federal agency’s latest report rates 25 percent of Indiana corn as being “very poor” or “poor.” The report says 26 percent of Indiana soybeans are in similar conditions.

Purdue has estimated losses for corn and soybean crops are nearly $500 million.

The State Climate Office has said Indiana’s average June rainfall of 9.03 inches was a new record for the month. The (Muncie) Star Press reports many fields that had begun to dry out were again drenched last week.

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