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July 23, 2004

August crop report available via Purdue-Brownfield webcast

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Farmers can "tune in" to their computers at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 to get the latest crop projections and analysis.

Purdue University Extension will team up with Brownfield Network radio to webcast a briefing to Lt.. Gov. Kathy Davis on the U. S. Department of Agriculture's August crop production estimates. The data, which will be released that morning, will include the first corn and soybean harvest projections of the season.

"I think that we will be challenging the record for corn yields, at least based on the way the crop looks now," said Chris Hurt, Purdue agricultural economist. The current Indiana record yield on corn was set in 2001 at about 156 bushels per acre. Hurt says the soybean crop also is a bit above average.

The briefing will include a report from Greg Preston, director of the Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service, and analysis of the data by Hurt. Davis, who serves as the state's commissioner of agriculture, will remark on what the harvest projection numbers mean for Hoosier farmers. The event will be moderated by Randy Woodson, interim dean of Purdue's School of Agriculture.

Producers who want to listen to the briefing will find a link on the Brownfield Network home page. The presentation is expected to last about 30 minutes.

The briefing, which is not open to the general public, will take place in the Our Land Pavilion during the Indiana State Fair. Media present at the briefing will be able to ask questions during the webcast.

The Brownfield Network is one of the country's oldest and largest farm radio networks, providing farm news and market reports to more than 200 radio stations throughout the Midwest.

Writer: Beth Forbes, (765) 494-2722;

Sources: Chris Hurt, (765) 494-4273;

Greg Preston, (765) 494-8371

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes,
Agriculture News Page

Note to Journalists: Journalists are invited to cover the crop report live from the fairgrounds. Access to Our Land Pavilion will be available starting at 8 a.m. at the south entrance. The building opens to the general public at 9 a.m.

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