Ind. wheat 'excellent' despite wet planting season

AP News
Posted: Feb 09, 2012 5:28 AM
Ind. wheat 'excellent' despite wet planting season

A Purdue University agronomist says Indiana's winter wheat crop is healthy and on track despite wet weather at planting time last fall. Those wet fields have slightly reduced the state's wheat acreage, though.

Agronomist Herb Ohm says the wet fall delayed planting a bit, but the mild winter has meant no substantial winter kill to the crop. Ohm says the state also hasn't had many heavy rains that would have led to ponding in the fields. Overall, he says the wheat is in "excellent condition."

Indiana farmers have planted about 430,000 acres of winter wheat for 2012. That's about 7 percent less than the nearly 460,000 acres planted a year ago.