TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. - The major drought of 2012 is all but a memory for most farmers.
According to Purdue Agriculture Economist Chris Hurt, yields for corn and soybeans are just short of a record year.
Hurt said corn in west central Indiana is predicted to be at about 169 bushels per acre. Soybeans should hit about 48 bushels per acre.
Hurt said farmers' attitudes are more upbeat from a year ago.
"A lot more smiles on farmers' faces," said Hurt. "The drought of 2012 was very severe. They are producers. They are growers of plants and animals. 2012 was a very difficult year, emotionally and psychologically."
Hurt said if the yield predictions are correct, it should help keep food prices more stable over the next year.
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