Corn crop concerns in southeast Indiana

Corn crop concerns in southeast Indiana

SUNMAN, IN (FOX19) - Indiana farmers battling withered crops and high hay prices will gather in Vigo County to discuss ways to minimize the losses caused by the drought sweeping the state. Crops are just weeks away from being total losses unless significant rainfall occurs. Some crops are already beyond saving.

"They're just so small. They normally they would be approximately a foot-and-a-half long," said Sunman farmer, Harold Hornberger.

Agricultural experts say less than 10% of Indiana's corn crop is considered good to excellent. "Its sickening. All the hard work you put into it. But that's farming," said Hornberger.

The Ripley County farmer tries to get the most out of his sun-scorched crop but even this corn has little nutrition value for his herd. "The grocery stores, dairy farmers and stuff, your milk products and everything like that its all going to take a toll," said Hornberger who believes some products could see a price increase of as much as 40% after the first of the year.

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