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Indiana Crops Continue Improvment

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Rain showers, across most of the state, kept wheat
harvest to a minimum during the week, according to the
Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service. Producers are worried that
excessive moisture will soon begin to take its toll on the
winter wheat crop if they are not able to finish harvest
soon. Farmers are hoping for drier conditions to not
only finish wheat harvest but to also bale straw and
plant double crop soybeans. Moderate temperatures
and ample soil moisture allowed the corn crop to make
rapid growth with a few scattered fields beginning to
tassel.
There were 2.8 days suitable for field work during the
week. Corn condition improved slightly and is rated
81 percent good to excellent compared with 12 percent
last year at this time.
Ninety-eight percent of the soybean acreage has
emerged compared with 100 percent last year and 97
percent for the 5-year average. Nine percent of the
soybean acreage is blooming compared with 42
percent last year and 20 percent for the 5-year
average. Soybean condition is rated 75 percent good
to excellent compared with 14 percent last year at this
time.
Thirty-two percent of the winter wheat acreage has
been harvested compared with 98 percent last year
and 69 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheat
condition is rated 76 percent good to excellent at this
time.
LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORT
Livestock remained in mostly good condition.
Pasture condition improved and is rated 84 percent
good to excellent compared with only 2 percent last
year at this time. The second cutting of alfalfa is 19
percent complete compared with 93 percent last year
and 43 percent for the 5-year average.