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More Rains Hinder Spraying and Sidedressing of Indiana Crops

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Plans to spray crops and sidedress corn this week were foiled by pervasive rains for the week ending June 8, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Temperatures ranged from 48º to 91º F for the week. Daily averages ranged from 65º to 75º, deviating from 2 degrees below to 7 degrees above normal. Precipitation totals for the week ranged anywhere between 0.39 and 4.65 inches, leaving some areas in the south of the state with as much as a 9.60 inch surplus for the growing season.
North and Central regions were tied this week for corn emergence at 95%, with South running behind at 86%. The North led with soybeans planted 94%, followed by Central at 92% and South at 73%. For winter wheat coloring, South held the lead at 45%, followed distantly by Central at 20% and North at 11%.

 

Crop Condition: Week Ending 06/08/14

Crop

Very

poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Winter Wheat………

Field Corn……………

Soybeans…………….

Range and Pasture..

1

1

1

1

5

5

4

5

24

22

27

23

54

55

55

54

16

17

13

17

 

 National Crop Ratings

 

The USDA estimated corn emergence at 92%, a 12% increase from last week and 2% ahead of the five-year average. In speaking with farmers around the Corn Belt, despite earlier concern of northern corn acres switching to soybeans most were able to get their corn planted with very few having to switch any of their acres. Corn conditions remain extremely positive with 75% of the crop rated “Good” or “Excellent” opposed to 63% at this time last year. 21% was considered “Fair” while 4% was considered “Poor” or “Very Poor.” Severe weather peppered parts of Iowa and Nebraska with hail last week, impacting corn conditions in those areas. Strong winds were reported in areas of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska last week, although winds did not impact conditions due to how short the crop was.

Soybean planting continues to progress with 87% of acres estimated planted, a 9% increase from last week and a 6% increase from the five-year average. Well ahead of last year’s planting season, farmers continue to project finishing the soybean planting before the June 15th final crop insurance planting day. Soybean emergence was reported at 71%, a 21% increase from last week and 9% ahead of the five-year average. Soybean conditions were reported for the first time this week. 74% of the crop is considered to be in “Good” or “Excellent” condition with only 4% reported as “Poor” or “Very Poor.”

The winter wheat crop was reported at 86% headed, a 7% increase from last week and 1% ahead of the five-year average. Harvesting began last week, but was slowed by rain. 9% was reported harvested, down 3% from the five-year average. There were no changes in the conditions report for wheat.