WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - After Indiana had the worst crop yields in 25 years last summer Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt said he's expecting a different story.
"A major recovery. Looks like we'll be above average. We're currently projecting about 173 bushels of corn yield," Hurt said.
Last year's average yield for corn was only 99 bushels per acre. A normal year yields about 165 bushels.
Hurt said the most recent USDA data shows Indiana crops are among the best in the country. He said 79 percent of Indiana's corn and 74 percent of soybeans fall under the USDA's good or excellent category.
Hurt said Indiana could see the highest yields in a decade.
"Our normal problem in July for corn and soybeans is a little too hot and a little too dry, so cooler-than-normal temperatures and considering keeping moisture relatively high generally is going to be good for this Indiana crop," the economist said.
It's good news for your wallet too. Hurt said a successful crop means you're going to be paying less at the grocery store.
"It's going to help moderate the rate of inflation in food which has been fairly high in the last couple of years, so we think we're going to see some moderation in some of the grain oriented kind of food products," Hurt said.
The cost of soybean products and meat will also be impacted. A welcome change after a devastating crop only one year ago.
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