Scattered rain across the state slowed harvesting slightly last week according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Some farmers are still waiting for corn to dry down, and there were a few reports of stalk weakness due to the wet conditions. Soybean harvest was well under way, with average to above average yields reported. Conditions were good for winter wheat germination and emergence.
Notice: A number of agricultural estimates reports issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) were impacted by the lapse in federal funding. While the lapse in federal funding has ended, NASS has not been able to engage in the necessary data collection and analysis over the past few weeks. Crop progress and condition data for the weeks ending on October 6th and 13th will not be published.
Ninety-four percent of the corn acreage is mature compared with 100 percent last year and 93 percent for the 5-year average. Forty-three percent of the corn crop has been harvested compared with 70 percent last year and 52 percent for the 5-year average. By area 96 percent of the corn crop is mature
in the north, 87 percent in the central region, and 92 percent in the south. Corn condition is rated 73 percent good to excellent at this time. Moisture content of harvested corn is averaging about 20 percent.
Ninety-seven percent of the soybean acreage is shedding leaves compared with 99 percent last year and 98 percent for the 5-year average. Sixty-four percent of the soybean acreage has been harvested compared to 66 percent for both last year and the 5 year average. By area 97 percent of the soybean
acreage is shedding leaves in the north, 96 percent in the central region, and 96 percent in the south. Soybean condition is now rated 68 percent good to excellent at this time. Moisture content of harvested soybeans is averaging about 13 percent.