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A wetter world is changing farm country. Can growers adapt?

October 4, 2022  By Chloe Johnson, Minneapolis Star Tribune; Erin Jordan, The Gazette; Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star

Corn was just starting to tassel across much of the Midwest, including fields in southern Indiana, a golden crown signaling the end of the season. But while most farmers were preparing for harvest, Ray McCormick was climbing back into his tractor to redrill his soybeans.

The southwest Indiana farmer had to drill soybeans in August — for a second time last year, having already lost his spring-planted corn crop — after yet another heavy rain flooded his river-bottom field.

“My dad used to say that after July 10, ‘You’re kidding yourself trying to plant,’” said McCormick, who was trying to produce a crop for the landlords who own these fields. | READ MORE


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