Lebanon Reporter

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July 10, 2012

Local crops continue to wither

Lebanon — Indiana’s corn crop continues to crisp despite a respite from a record-breaking heat wave.

More than 61 percent of the state’s corn crop was rated “very poor” or “poor” in the USDA’s crop report issued Monday. Nationally, using the 18 states that planted 92 percent of the 2011 corn harvest, less than a third of the crop was very poor or poor.

Adding to the misery, the condition of 40 percent of the corn crop in those 18 states was rated “good “ or “excellent.”

The USDA reported that 60 percent of Indiana’s corn was in the silking stage for the week ending Sunday, compared to a state and national 19 percent average from 2007 through 2011.

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