By Jennifer Stewart-Burton
May 4, 2011
Although prolonged rain has kept many Indiana farmers out of their fields so far this spring, Kim Groninger was planting his cornfield Wednesday (May 4) about five miles northeast of Delphi in northern Indiana's Carroll County. It was the first day Groninger had been able to work his fields since April 18.
As of May 1, only 2 percent of Indiana's corn crop had been planted. That is the slowest rate in the last 20 years and compares with the five-year average of about 40 percent. The prime time for planting corn to maximize yields in much of Indiana is April 20 through May 10. The window opens about a week later in northern Indiana and a week earlier in southern Indiana. While planting dates are important, other factors also can influence crop yield.