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at the indiana state fair today.news 18's marvin bills tells us how agriculture experts are looking at this year's crops. 3(bob's a phoner)<it's been a difficult year for farmers. beth hall: "a tail of two seasons really."the u.s. department of 3agriculture and met to discuss the august crop report.bob nielsen: "well it was surprising in serval ways."weather has played a huge part in why this years planting season has been rough. beth hall:"i think everyone was hoping it would be a normal growing season. especially with it being a mild el niqo."experts say the expect yield production to be down 20%. less than year last. climate scientist beth hall says farmers will need two more months of sunny weather if they want mature production. beth hall: "nice and even ideal. not three inches here then four weeks of dry weather. and so i'm hoping the outlooks will be more of an ev distribution."low yields aren't the only concern. tariffs also raise issues. agronomy economist with purdue has tried to settle trade disputes with us trade partners farmers are suffering financially.chris hurt:"what we've tended to see is that countries that we put tariffs on retaliate."china being one of those countries putting expensive tariffs on things they from the us. hurt says this created an obstacle for farmers as china ranks number 1 for being us' biggest agricultural customer.chris hurt:"it hurts our ability to sell to our biggest customer."hurt says ag good sales from china three years ago were about 26 billion dollars.this year it'll be 10 billion. local farmer greg gilbert says he's concerned about these tariffsgreg gilbert:"the price has definitely been affected. also you just have extra soy beans in storage."he says even with all the is obstacles he's still hopeful."gilbert:"i am hoping to hit that 165-175 bushel per acre production across the farm." > 3 indiana revenue is expected to be about one-point-three billion dollars lower this year. 3