LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana’s grain storage centers are
filling up with freshly harvested corn and soybeans one year after a drought
left the state’s cropland parched and plagued by low yields.
Purdue University estimated that about one-third of
Indiana’s nearly 1.3 billion bushels of grain storage capacity sat empty last
year after the worst drought in decades hurt crop yields.
But Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt said that’s not
the case this year. He said the state’s grain storage centers are filling up
thanks to this year’s favorable weather.
Hurt told the Journal & Courier that Indiana’s
corn crop is expected to be near a record-high 1 billion bushels this year.
Soybean production is projected to be nearly normal at about 250 million
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