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Indiana’s corn is showing potential to produce a bumper crop for the second consecutive year, but much of it could “suffer quickly” if growing conditions turn unfavorable, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says.

He is cautiously optimistic as the crop enters the second half of the growing season toward harvest.

“Yes, the corn crop in Indiana looks good at this point in time. Yes, the prospects for good yields this year are promising,” he wrote Tuesday (July 15) in his online Chat ‘n Chew Café. Likening the growing season to baseball, he added: “But the crop has only ’rounded second base’ on its way to ‘home plate.'”