Can the Farmers Catch Up?

Crop Planting Is Way Behind

By Jason Meyers, Meteorologist

May 12, 2011 Updated May 12, 2011 at 10:29 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - During the month of April, Fort Wayne recorded 5.3" of rain. All this rain made for soggy conditions, especially in farmers' fields. In the entire state of Indiana, only 4% of crops are in the ground, and in Ohio, only 2%. That's way behind the usual 50% of crops that are normally planted by now. Last year at this time, we were way ahead of schedule with 80% of the corn planted in Indiana and 74% planted in Ohio. Last year was a bumper crop, and it looks like the delay in planting this year could have an effect on yields. According to the Allen County Extension office, everything isn't lost, there's still time to catch up as long as the weather cooperates.

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