Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Congressmen Todd Rokita, and Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock. visited the Culp Farm Thursday, June 3rd to survey damage caused by recent heavy rains in Jasper County. The USDA says 19 percent of Indiana's 5.7 million acres of soybeans and 21 percent of its 5.7 million acres of corn in very poor or poor condition.
As you can tell, they are standing in a field, but there is a huge wash out. There were many roads closed due to high water, which lead to wash outs on many roads.
The State Climate Office says 18.06 inches of rain was measured in Jasper County in the month of June.
The Governor also visited Cass County the same day to view their flood damage. I am very interested to hear what assistance will be available for farmers, if any besides crop insurance.
Brownfield Network interviewed Governor Pence, and he said that by they had accessed nine counties by the end of June, and they had submitted reports to the FSA Office. None of those counties reached 30% of damage to declare a disaster. Farmers are encouraged to submit crop damage reports to their FSA office as soon as possible to help measure the extent of the damage for this year's crop. July may prove a different story for those counties.
|Congressman Todd Rokita visiting with Jasper County Farm Bureau members. Photo Credit: Wayne Belden|
It really hits home when you have a aerial photo of the damage the water has done in Jasper County. Bryan Overstreet, Extension Educator for Purdue University Extension shared these photos with me to share on my blog.
In an article published by Purdue Extension, Purdue Economist Chris Hurt said on Friday, June 26th, "Indiana's corn and soybean crops and potentially have caused about $300 million in crop damage since the beginning of June."
|South of Renssealer photo credit: Bryan Overstreet|
|I-65 at the Kankakee River Photo Credit: Bryan Overstreet|
|North Side of Rensselaer, Photo Credit: Bryan Overstreet|