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Most northeast Indiana fields unplanted after very wet spring

Farmers haven't been able to get into the fields because of all the rain this spring.

Posted: May 29, 2019 9:30 PM
Updated: May 29, 2019 10:09 PM

WATERLOO, Ind. (WFFT) - Farmers across the country are running out of time to plant their crops for the season.

Farmers haven't been able to get into the fields because of all the rain this spring.

In northeast Indiana, only two percent of the corn has been planted.

"I can't remember the last time we would call it a normal year," said Tom Miller, whose family farmed north of Waterloo for generations.

Nationwide, only 58 percent of the corn has been planted.

"Tens of millions of acres will go unplanted if we don't get a window to plant soon," said Miller.

Farmers who carry certain crop insurance policies have to decide by Wednesday, June 5 if they are planting.

"We are way behind the national average," Miller said. "We just have to take the simple fact we that maybe we will not get the crop in with as wet as we've been."

Most of the fields in our area have not been planted yet because it is simply too wet to get the equipment in.

"At a certain point it can't keep up either. And there are still drowned out spots in some of our fields," said Miller.

Miller only had about 75 acres planted Wednesday, with hundreds more to go.

Unfortunately, rain is in the forecast and many farmers will likely have to make tough decisions.

"This maybe the end for a lot of farmers. They just have given up," Miller said.

Miller added customers shouldn't expect to see raising cost because there is still many crops being stored from last season.

"Domestic use is going up. Renewable fuels is a huge industry in this country," he said.

Famers who plant corn have to decide what they are doing by Wednesday, June 5.

Some could switch to planting soybeans, but those need to be in the ground by June 20.

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