Could Recent Rains Salvage Crops?

By Max Resnik
By Maureen Mespell

August 15, 2012 Updated Aug 15, 2012 at 9:10 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A recent report by the US Department of Agriculture showed corn production down 13 percent and soy production down 12 percent during the drought, but that might not be the case for at least one Huntington County farmer.

Jason Dennis, of Dennis Grain Co., says he expects to yield 50 percent of the corn he would average in a normal year and even attain normal averages for soy crop as a result of recent rains. Dennis says he remains optimistic about the prospects for a solid harvest.

“Overall, considering where we could have been, I think we're way ahead of the game on the corn so you know to be able to have something yet to sell with prices the way they are is going to be a plus."

The region has received close to 6.75 inches of rain since July 15. That is more than all the rain the region received between the beginning of May and July 14. Dennis says strong downpours in the last four weeks have made a dramatic difference for his crops.

"We could have some 100-130 bushel of corn and would probably be in that 30-50 bushel of corn [without the rain], and the beans would be half the height that they are now."

Dennis says he averages about 47 bushels per acre in soy crop in a typical year. He thinks his farm can reach that potential even amid the drought."If I had to make a statement, I'd say that we're going to be close to average, which is going to be somewhere in that upper 40. And potentially on some of these beans if things keep going OK and we can stay away from the white molds and some of the other diseases and fungus that could come in, we could even be a little above that."

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