Harvest progress continued to inch along as mid-week storms brought rain, snow, and ice to much of the State, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. While precipitation was below normal for the State, the frigid temperatures did little to dry up the fields.
The average temperature for the week was 32.1 degrees, 9.7 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.02 to 1.06 inches during the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.54 inches. There were 2.8 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 18.
Corn and soybean harvests progressed slowly this week, hindered by high soil moisture, inclement weather, and lodging in some fields. Winter wheat planted and emerged continued to fall below the five-year average, while remaining in line with the previous year’s progress. The winter wheat crop condition was stable with 64 percent rated good to excellent. Livestock were reported to be in good health heading into the winter months. Other activities for the week included applying fall fertilizers, spreading manure, and drying and hauling grain.