Recent rains force central Indiana farmers to replant crops

Posted at 11:59 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 23:59:17-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. -- Flooding caused by recent rains means many central Indiana farmers are facing the tough decision of whether they want to wait and see which crops grow or re-plant them all. 

It's a decision they don't have a lot of time to make, with more rain in the forecast this weekend, farmers that were waiting for their land to dry out have to act fast in the coming days. 

Chris Hendricks farms 1,000 acres in Franklin County and says because of the flooding and the cool temperatures he's lost at least one-fifth of his corn crop, and he's running out of time to decide how much he's going to replant. 

"As far as making a final decision on that, you hate to jump the gun," said Hendricks. "Already have that money and time invested, but you also don't want to not redo something that needs to be taken care of."

Hendricks says he'll replant a small section of his corn for now, around the wet spots in his field.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that more than half of Indiana's corn crop was already planted before last week's flooding, but unless we see more of the same in the coming weeks, it shouldn't have a major impact on the market.