With minimal precipitation and cool clear weather for the majority of the week ending July 13, 2014, farmers found plenty of opportunity to engage in all manner of fieldwork according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures ranged from 69 to 78 degrees, or 5 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 50 degrees; the highest, 92 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 72.6 degrees, 2.3 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.07 to 2.80 inches, with a statewide average of 0.93 inches.
Indiana corn rated good to excellent is at 75% in the latest NASS report, and nationally the category is also now at 75%, dropping one point from a week ago. Soybean good to excellent ratings include 71% in Indiana and 72% nationally, unchanged from a week earlier.
Soybeans blooming by Indiana region is 58% in North, 55% in Central, and 51% in South. Corn silking by region is 39% in North, 37% in Central, and 59% in South. Winter wheat harvested by region is 48% in North, 86% in Central, and 93% in South.
Corn and soybeans were growing strong this week, and soybeans to be double cropped were being planted as wheat fields came down. Spraying for weeds and fungus was a common sight in soybean fields, and irrigation has been picking up in corn fields as corn begins to silk.
The winter wheat harvest was in full swing across the state, being 76% concluded by week’s end, although some farmers in southern counties reported significant vomitoxin content in their harvested wheat. Farmers were nearly halfway through second cutting of all types of hay this week as weather was excellent for hay drying. Other activities for the week included mowing of roadsides, field scouting, certifying acres with FSA, and attending fairs.