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May 7, 2002

Purdue ag experts discuss impact of wet spring

Only 10 percent of the Indiana corn crop and two percent of the soybeans have been planted so far this spring due to heavy rains. Last year at this time, farmers had planted 83 percent of the corn crop. Typically, farmers have planted nearly 50 percent of the corn by now. More rain is in the forecast, and if planting does not progress by mid-May, farmers will have to make some critical decisions about this year's crop.

A panel of Purdue agricultural experts will take news reporter questions regarding the potential economic impact of delayed planting and the options for farmers during a news media availability on Wednesday May 8 at 10 a.m. at the Purdue Extension office in Noblesville, Ind. The event will be held in the Dining Room and directions to the Purdue Extension office are available on the web.

Reporters who cannot make the event in person may view it via Internet streaming or IHETS. Media viewing from remote locations may phone in questions for the panelists by calling 888-EXT-INFO.

To view via streaming, go to the Web site. Please download the latest version of Apple's Quicktime Player and the Windows Media player. These software packages are available on the Microsoft and Apple web sites.

The event will be broadcast on the IHETS satellite network. Please call your local Purdue Extension office to see if the media availability will be shown in your area.

CONTACT: Beth Forbes, ag news coordinator, (765) 494 2722;