Indiana corn, soybean harvest going slow; mixed yield estimates

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — As fall harvest rolls along across the Corn Belt, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated its predictions of the size of the nation’s corn and soybean crops.

In Indiana, the data shows the state’s corn yield has improved, while soybeans dropped over the past month.

Based on conditions as of Oct. 1, the corn crop in Indiana saw the statewide average yield climb one bushel to 162 bushels an acre from the September 1 forecast. But, the yield is 27 bushels per acre less than last year’s final statewide yield average, according to USDA data.

The Indiana soybean yield dropped one bushel from last month, measuring 48 bushels to the acre.

Nationally, USDA puts corn production at 13.8 billion bushels, down less than one percent from last month’s forecast. The ag department says based on crop conditions as of October 1, the nationwide corn yield is 168.4 bushels an acre, up slightly (0.2 bushels) from last month, but eight bushels fewer per acre than last year.

Total soybean production in the U.S. is estimated at 3.55 billion bushels, down 2 percent from the previous forecast and down 20 percent from last year. That figure is based on a national average yield for soybeans of 46.9 bushels to the acre, down one bushel from September’s forecast.

As of last Monday, 15 percent of Indiana corn had been harvested. The five-year-average for corn harvest at this time is 29 percent. USDA says 14 percent of soybeans are harvested in Indiana, 19 points behind the five-year average of 33 percent.

An updated USDA Crop Progress report comes out Monday afternoon.


How to make Apple Pie Tacos

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s dessert … in a taco shell!

Apple Pie Tacos are easy, delicious, and kids love them! 

Apple Pie Tacos

9 soft street-taco shells (see note below)
2 tablespoons raw sugar 
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided 
5 ROCKIT® apples, skin left on and diced
2 tablespoon raw honey 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
1/4 cup water, plus more
coconut whipped cream 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a plate, sprinkle raw sugar and cinnamon. Gently mix the two together. Spray both sides of the soft taco shells with nonstick cooking spray, then lightly dip both sides in the cinnamon mixture. 
2. Flip a muffin tin over. Place each cinnamon-coated soft taco shell between each of the muffin tins, so that the muffin-tin humps help the taco shell stay in place and formed. Place in the the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. 
3. To make apple filling, combine chopped apples, honey, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan. Stir cornstarch into the 1/4 cup water and add to the saucepan. Heat on medium for about 10 minutes until apples are completely softened and gooey-thick. You may need to add more water — about another 1/4 cup — as the apples cook to create a sauce-like mixture. 
4. Spoon the apple filling into each of the taco shells. Top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle cinnamon, or a little granola.  Enjoy immediately! 

Apple Pie Tacos (WISH Photo/Annessa Chumbley)

Note: A tortilla that’s about 3-4 inches across works great. If you need to, you can take a larger wheat tortilla, and cookie-cut it using a 3-4 inch small bowl.