Purdue University Offering Help to Dubois County Farmers Who Can't Plant Due to Wet Season

From Local Sources / Photo: agriculture.com  

AREA WIDE --  Purdue University has sent an open letter to Dubois County farmers discussing options for this year’s crop.

Because of the wet weather we’ve had this year, some local farmers weren’t able to make the June 5th deadline to plant corn.  

Hoosier Ag Today, heard here on WITZ, reports this is the latest area planting has ever been.  Prices for corn and soybeans remain at very low levels, creating more hardship for area farmers.

Purdue has published a video that analyzes the alternatives now that that Federal Crop Insurance deadline has passed.  We have the full letter and links to the video below.

Dubois County farmers,

In light of the ongoing corn and soybean planting delays throughout the Corn Belt this spring, we recorded a new video that analyzes the alternatives corn and soybean farmers have now that the Federal Crop Insurance Final Planting Date (June 5) for corn has passed in Indiana.

The video features Purdue ag economists Michael Langemeier and me reviewing the alternatives farmers have in this late planting season. In particular, we analyze the potential returns from taking the Prevented Planting option for corn and compare it to potential returns from delayed planting of both corn and soybeans, under a couple of different scenarios.

In addition to providing a link to the video, we've also provided a copy of the slides we used so that, upon watching the video, you can adapt our analysis to fit your individual situation with respect to expected yields and your insurance coverage. Links to the video and the slides are both available on the Center for Commercial Agriculture's website on the Archived Webinars page.

I also wanted to let you know that Purdue Extension has made available three excellent short videos discussing corn, soybean and weed management strategies to use in light of the challenging conditions facing most corn and soybean farms this spring. The videos are hosted by Purdue Extension's Greg Bossaer and feature corn production specialist, Bob Nielsen, soybean production specialist, Shaun Casteel and weed scientist, Bill Johnson. Links to these videos and slides are also available on the Center's Archived Webinars page

I hope you find this information helpful as you try to wrap up a very challenging spring planting season.