Last week was another with less than ideal weather conditions for fieldwork. The average temperature for the week was 54.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 5.3 degrees above normal for the state. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.29 inches to 2.25 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.50 inches.
Some planting activity has taken place around the state. The USDA weekly update reported that corn planted was in line with the five-year average of 1%, with reports of the first fields being planted in the central and southern parts of the state. For the most part, however, the rain and cold have kept activity at a standstill. Ben Jacob, agronomist with Pioneer in West Central Indiana, said some progress was made last week, “In some areas, we got a lot of anhydrous put down and some burndown activity took place; but, by Thursday, the rain had shut most everything down.”
Jacob said soil temperatures remain far below optimal levels, “At the beginning of the week, the soil temps were averaging about 42 degrees, so some of the soybeans that got planted along the I-70 corridor got rather cold.” He added that, if they had proper seed treatments, they should not have been damaged.
He recommended growers prioritize field preparation ahead of about anything else, “There are some fields that have very deep ruts, and the first priority should be to get them filled in and leveled out.” He estimated it will be another two weeks before planting will ramp up in earnest.
Winter wheat continued to green up throughout the State, with the 22 percent jointing.