Cool, dry days across the central and northern districts allowed farmers to resume field work as soils dried out from the previous week’s heavy rainfall, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Some of the southern counties did receive rain which put planting even further behind. Many operations were busy planting soybeans, side dressing corn and spraying post emergence herbicides. Livestock operations were busy cutting and baling hay. The winter wheat crop is starting to mature and will be ready for harvest within the next couple weeks in some of the southern counties.
FIELD CROPS REPORT
There were 4.5 days suitable for field work during the week. Ninety-eight percent of the intended corn acreage has been planted at this time compared with 100 percent last year and 95 percent for the 5-year average. Planting is nearly finished in the northern and central areas and is 91 percent complete in the south. Ninety percent of the corn acreage has emerged compared with 100 percent last year and 85 percent for the 5-year average.
Nationally corn planting improved to 95% complete and emergence is now at 85%. Sixty-three percent is rated good to excellent.
Eighty-seven percent of the intended soybean acreage has been planted compared with 99 percent last year and 79 percent for the 5-year average. By area, 96 percent of the soybean acreage has been planted in the north, 92 percent in the central region and 60 percent in the south. Seventy percent of the soybean acreage has emerged compared with 93 percent last year and 62 percent for the 5-year average.
National progress for planting beans is now at 71% and 48% of planted acres have emergence.
Ninety-five percent of the winter wheat acreage is headed compared with 100 percent last year and 98 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition is rated 74 percent good to excellent compared with 57 percent last year at this time.
LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORT
Livestock were reported to be in good health. Pasture condition is rated 76 percent good to excellent compared with 40 percent last year at this time. First cutting of alfalfa hay is 66 percent complete compared with 97 percent last year and 70 percent for the 5-year average.