WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The dry, hot weather continues to cause drought for the area and the drought continues to bring stress to the corn crop. The lack of rain is taking a toll on the corn and it's starting to show.
"The corn is starting to dry and brown. The soy beans are doing the same thing. And of course some of this is natural because it is that time of year, but a lot of it is occurring more rapidly than we would've expected because of the drought stress," said Purdue Extension Corn Specialist, Bob Nielsen.
Nielsen said the rain didn't come soon enough and said at this point, little rain won't do much for the crop.
"A quarter to half inch will do more for your yards, your gardens, potted plants and things like that, but for what's left out here and a lot of these fields, it's not going to do very much," said Nielsen.
And that's because many fields are becoming mature and the growing season is coming to an end. However, Nielsen said they're not expecting record breaking yields, as imagined earlier this summer.
"At one point I thought maybe we were 5 or 10 percent above that average for the potential. So I think maybe the best case scenario is an average state-wide yield, but again there will be areas or individual fields where the yields maybe 3/4 of what they expect or maybe half of what they expect because it is so severe."
Nielsen said Indiana may have better yields than other states to our west because of the late start to the drought.
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