WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The combination of little rain and high temperatures is bringing drought conditions to the area.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the region is abnormally dry and the lack of rain all month has been affecting the corn crop. Purdue Extension Specialist, Bob Nielsen, said the moderate temperatures helped the crop from completely deteriorating.
"Even a month ago, I think a lot of us had expectations for a record high corn crop in the state," said Nielsen.
So far in August, the Purdue University Airport has recorded about 1.75 inches of rain. The average (rainfall total) is around four inches for August. Nielsen said we need the rain, but also cooler temperatures.
"Boy when you get a week like this, with these temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, again that just accelerates the stress due to dry weather,” said Nielsen.
Soy beans are also under stress with the drought conditions and are not doing as well.
"And the grain markets are responding to this difference, between the crops with the soy bean prices, generally increasing more dramatically in recent days and weeks than the corn price has," said Nielsen.
Nielsen said even under the circumstances, the corn crop has improved from last year, but we still need the rain and the cooler temperatures.
"It’s not that it will recover yield, but it will forestall any further yield loss, and that's all about we have to hope for at this at this time," said Nielsen.
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