A lot of Indiana corn and soybeans are off to a good start, but there are some problem areas. One of them is East Central Indiana. Planting was quick, but some heavy rains in East Central counties has led to crusting of the soil and some emergency issues for some soybeans. Eric Miller, with DuPont Pioneer, said, “We have beans out of the ground, but the crusting has caused some stand issues in some areas. This is something growers will want to keep an eye on.” He recommends growers scout their fields to assess stand problems. In addition, Miller says there has been some issues with early corn, “I’ve seen some injury from anhydrous applications even when planting did not happen until after 7 days after application.” Statewide, however, corn condition looks good. According to the latest USDA update, 83% of Indiana corn is rated as good to excellent.
Miller says some timely rains this week will help solve some of these issues, “If we can catch a good soaking rain this week, it will go a long way to improving quality and stands in East Central Indiana.” The amounts of rainfall recorded at weather stations varied from 0.00 inches to 3.42 inches over the week. The statewide average for precipitation was 0.95 inches, or 96 percent of normal. Hoosier Ag Today meteorologist Ryan Martin sees rain moving back into the state later in the week, “Rain totals do not look all that impressive, with .25”- .50” or less the most likely totals, with coverage at 60%. Daily coverage will be under 40% for both Saturday and Sunday, but there is enough moisture around that we need to watch it. Memorial Day itself looks drier.”