Local farmers are starting their planting operations with optimism for the growing season.
“It's a good time to be a farmer,” Porter County farmer Tim Stoner said.
On the commodity markets, corn and beans are up 16 percent since Jan. 23, he said.
This time of year, farmers are applying fertilizers, doing field work and maybe starting some planting.
"Guys are a little hesitant to get too far ahead of themselves in terms of putting seed into the ground," he said. "We've got kind of a cold, wet forecast. We're still early, historically, so we're not in a big hurry. Even if we are late planting this year, I don't think that's always a good indicator."
Stoner expects that by July farmers will be harvesting wheat, planting double crop soybeans and harvesting sweet corn.
The unknowns remain.
There could be a drought, too much rain, grain embargoes, political disruptions and more that could impact the agriculture industry this quarter, Stoner said.