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October 5, 2013

Big corn crop possible

Harvest expected to be one of best ever

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The later planted corn still isn't ready to be picked, so no one knows for certain what it will yield. "Every crop starts out with a maximum potential," said Monroe. "When its planted late, that cuts the yield. If it turns off dry, that cuts it. The weather gets really hot during pollination the yield falls. All of that happened with the later corn."

That late corn could still turn out to be pretty good. "I've talked to some guys in the eastern part of the county that didn't get their corn out until June and they say it looks awfully good," said Myers.

Boyd has grain operations that stretch across multiple counties in southern Indiana and Illinois. "I am hearing from a lot of other farmers that put in early crops in those other counties that they are seeing the same thing we are here in Daviess County."

A big corn crop this fall is the exact opposite of what farmers saw last year. Drought totally wiped out some fields. Farmers harvested fields that sometimes only produced 50 acres a bushel. "This will be a big recovery," said Boyd. "The ones who will really feel it will be those who did not have crop insurance last year."

"A good crop will certainly help those farmers," added Monroe.

It should also mean a better year for merchants in the area. "Coming off such a bad year, when we have a boom like this it means a lot to the entire economy," said Bobbitt.

"When there is corn out there it's good for everybody," said Myers. "With this crop we've never had it so good. A big crop is a good problem to have."

The early results in southern Indiana may not be typical across the entire cornbelt but if they are farmers are concerned that the result will be that prices will begin to fall. "It already costs so much money to put in a crop," said Boyd. "I worry that the big yields will drive down prices and cut into our profit."

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