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July 31, 2008

Ag experts to discuss projected 2008 crop yields at state fair

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After a cold, wet spring and summer flooding, the public will be able to learn how that all affects projected fall crop yields during a briefing and panel discussion at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

Greg Preston, Indiana director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service; Chris Hurt, Purdue University agricultural economist; and Ken Klemme, acting Indiana agriculture director, will discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture's crop forecast starting at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 12 on the stage in Our Land Pavilion. Jay Akridge, interim dean of Purdue Agriculture, will moderate the discussion.

"This year Indiana experienced sort of a double whammy," said Preston, whose office is located at Purdue. "Cool temps and rain delayed planting and slowed crop development and later floods wiped out some of the crops."

Due to June's heavy rains in southern Indiana, NASS estimated that as much as 9 percent of the corn acreage, 9 percent of the soybean acreage and 5 percent of the winter wheat crop were flooded in the state.

Preston said in some cases floodwaters rose and fell very quickly and did not totally damage crops, so NASS went back and re-interviewed farmers in those flooded areas in June and July and also increased the number of fields visited. He said the August report will reflect updated estimates on crop damage.

The panelists will review the USDA-NASS crop estimates released that morning and take questions from reporters. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge for the event, but paid admission is required to enter the fairgrounds.

Writer: Beth Forbes, (765) 494-2722, forbes@purdue.edu

Source: Greg Preston, (765) 494-8371, gregory_preston@nass.usda.gov

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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Note to Journalists: Reporters are invited to attend the briefing and ask questions of the panelists. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. in Our Land Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

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