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July 30, 2007

Purdue expert: Variability the theme for 2007 state crop yields

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Inconsistent summer rainfall and concerns about corn prices and storage will be discussed by a panel of Purdue University and state agriculture experts as part of a harvest forecast on Aug. 10 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The 2007 crop briefing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Our Land Pavilion. The discussion, which is open to the public, will cover the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service crop futures report scheduled to be issued that morning.

"Variability will be the theme for 2007 crop yields and farm income prospects around the state of Indiana," said Chris Hurt, a Purdue agricultural economics Extension specialist. "This variability has arisen from much different rainfall amounts this summer."

Generally, the western side of Indiana will have yields that are near or above normal. Unfortunately, the eastern side of the state is expected to experience yields below normal and, in some cases, well below normal, Hurt said.

Forecast panelists are Greg Preston, director of Indiana Agricultural Statistics; Andy Miller, director for Indiana's State Department of Agriculture; and Hurt. Randy Woodson, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, will moderate the panel.

"Overall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to report that Indiana average state yields were damaged by too dry conditions with expected yields for corn and soybeans dropping below normal," Hurt said.

However, Hurt said that overall for the state, 2007 farm income should rise, perhaps to the second highest level on record. He said the income levels are due to higher crop prices and near-normal yields in some parts of the state.

Availability of grain storage will be an issue for areas of Indiana with higher yields. The state increased corn acreage this year by 20 percent and will likely have a record total number of bushels to handle, Hurt said.

Writer: Elizabeth Fritz, (765) 494-8402, elfritz@purdue.edu

Source: Christopher Hurt, (765) 494-4273, hurtc@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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