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USDA says rain too late for most Indiana corn

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WHITELAND, Ind. (AP) A top federal farm official who spent two days touring drought-stricken Indiana farms says most of the state's corn crop is in such bad shape that this week's rainfall likely won't help many of the parched fields.

Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Undersecretary Michael Scuse (scoos) visited a dairy and grain farm near the Johnson County town of Whiteland on Thursday morning to tour stunted cornfields and dairy barns.

He told local farmers and reporters who gathered at Kelsay Farms that 71 percent of Indiana's corn crop is in poor to very poor condition.

Scuse says this week's rainfall is likely too late for most of Indiana's corn crop, but soybeans stressed from the drought could still benefit.

More than half of Indiana is now experiencing an extreme drought.

Posted 7/19/2012