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November 4, 2013

Indiana grain centers filling up year after drought

LAFAYETTE (AP) — Indiana's grain storage centers are filling up with freshly harvested corn and soybeans one year after a drought left the state's cropland parched and plagued by low yields.

Purdue University estimates that about a third of Indiana's nearly 1.3 billion bushels of grain storage capacity sat empty last year after the worst drought in decades hurt crop yields.

But Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says that's not the case this year. He says the state's grain storage centers are filling up thanks to this year's favorable weather.

Hurt tells the Journal & Courier that Indiana's corn crop is expected to be near a record-high 1 billion bushels this year. Soybean production is projected to be nearly normal at about 250 million bushels.

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