Huge Crops Do Not Translate to Huge Profits (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – Standing up to seven feet tall in some places, corn crops across northeast Indiana have many thinking this year’s may be the best in recent history.

And in a way, it is.

Measuring in nearly two-feet taller than the average year, corn stalks are certainly healthier this year than they were following the drought of 2012.

Agricultural experts tell NBC33 the giant size means each ear of corn is bigger, yielding more kernels. But corn is not the only crop flourishing this summer.

"Crops in general are good,” says Gonzalee Martin, an Allen County Agricultural Agent. “The wheat production is very good - farmers getting 85 to 100 bushels of wheat, which is very good for this area. Soy beans at this point look very well, and so everything is just excellent because we've got ample precipitation, the temperatures have not been out of control, so all those things then lay for farmers having a good year."

Due to the size and abundance of the various crops this year, the price per bushel is down, making the selling point for producers much lower than recent years.




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