Heavy rainfall in June affecting Indiana farmers

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A rainy June means some Indiana farmers can do nothing but sit and wait for the sun to return.

This month, South Bend has received just under four inches of rain, while farms near Walkerton have been drenched with more than five inches.

The standing water has left dead spots in farmers' corn and soybean fields.

However, Phil Sutton with Purdue Extension says conditions aren't bad enough to call this a crop disaster year.

Sutton says this week's rainfall is problematic for farmers who need to apply fertilizer and herbicide.

He says, “Our main threat is that we dry off and go into a deficit for the plant, during pollination time for the corn plant or flowering and pod fill in the beans. That's when you lose your yields.”

Sutton also says farmers are losing out when it comes to hay.

He says farmers need dry, sunny weather for baling.