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Rains Slow Indiana Harvest

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Cool, rainy days slowed harvest progress across most of the state, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Even though the weather slowed harvest during the week, corn harvest is still averaging about 14 days ahead of last year and soybean harvest is about 3 days ahead. Planting of winter wheat is a little ahead of both last year and the 5-year average pace, and farmers have been happy with soil conditions and emergence at this point. Cattle operations were busy weaning calves and checking winter forage supplies. Pastures have improved greatly this fall which has delayed the feeding of an already tight hay supply.

 

Seventy-two percent of the corn acreage has been harvested compared to 39 percent last year and 53 percent for the 5-year average. By area, 67 percent of the corn acreage has been harvested in the north, 70 percent in the central region, and 87 percent in the south. Moisture content of harvested corn is averaging about 19 percent.

Sixty-nine percent of the soybean acreage has been harvested compared to 64 percent last year and 71 percent for the 5-year average. By area, 73 percent of the soybean acreage has been harvested in the north, 68 percent in the central region, and 65 percent in the south. Moisture content of harvested soybeans is averaging about 13.5 percent.

 

Seventy-one percent of the winter wheat acreage has been planted compared to 67 percent for both last year and the 5-year average. Twenty-five percent of the winter wheat acreage has emerged compared to 28 percent last year and 32 percent for the 5-year average.

 

Source: Indiana NASS