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Fifteen Percent Jump and Indiana Corn Nearly Half Harvested

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Mid week rain showers left soils too wet to support harvest equipment in some areas while only temporarily slowing harvest elsewhere, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn harvest made the most progress in northwestern and north central counties. The stems in some soybean fields are still green while the pods are mature making these fields difficult to harvest. Other than harvest activities, farmers were busy with fall tillage operations, spreading lime and planting winter wheat.

FIELD CROPS REPORT
There were 4.0 days suitable for field work during the week. Ninety-six percent of the corn acreage is mature compared to 75 percent last year and 82 percent for the 5-year average. Forty-nine percent of the corn acreage has been harvested compared to 18 percent last year and 32 percent for the 5-year average. By area, 44 percent of the corn acreage has been harvested in the north, 42 percent in the central region, and 73 percent in the south. Corn condition is rated 11 percent good to excellent compared with 35 percent last year at this time. Moisture content of harvested corn is averaging about 20 percent.

Ninety-four percent of the soybean acreage is shedding leaves compared to 86 percent last year and 91 percent for the 5-year average. Thirty percent of the soybean acreage has been harvested compared to 21 percent last year and 40 percent for the 5-year average. By area, 32 percent of the soybean acreage has been harvested in the north, 30 percent in the central region, and 29 percent in the south. Soybean condition is now rated 31 percent good to excellent compared with 43 percent last year at this time. Moisture content of harvested soybeans is averaging about 14 percent.

Eighteen percent of the winter wheat acreage has been planted compared to 20 percent last year and 27 percent for the 5-year average. Two percent of the winter wheat acreage has emerged compared to 4 percent for both last year and the 5-year average.

LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORT
Livestock were reported to be good condition. Pasture condition is rated 28 percent good to excellent compared with 22 percent last year at this time. A few fields of hay were cut during the week, but rain and heavy dew made it difficult for the crop to dry enough to be baled.

Source: Indiana NASS