The fall harvest is winding down, though rain across the state slowed the harvest slightly last week according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Limited grain storage availability has also kept some corn and soybeans in fields according to reports. General preparation for winter was well under way, with farmers chopping stalks, continuing fall tillage, and applying lime and fertilizer. Conditions continued to be favorable for winter wheat.
FIELD CROPS REPORT
There were 4.5 days suitable for field work during the week. Eighty-five percent of the corn acreage has been harvested compared with 94 percent last year and 82 percent for the 5-year average. By area 86 percent of the corn crop is harvested in the north, 84 percent in the central region, and 85 percent in the south. Moisture content of harvested corn is averaging about 18 percent.
Ninety-three percent of the soybean acreage has been harvested compared to 95 percent last year and 94 percent for the 5-year average. By area 94 percent of the soybean acreage is harvested in the north, 96 percent in the central region, and 80 percent in the south. Moisture content of harvested soybeans is averaging about 13 percent.
Ninety-seven percent of the winter wheat acreage has been planted compared to 97 percent last year and 94 percent for the 5-year average. Eighty-three percent of the winter wheat acreage has emerged compared to 84 percent last year and 75 percent for the 5-year average. Seventy-three percent of the winter wheat acreage is in good to excellent condition compared to 74 percent last year at this time.
LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORT
Pasture condition was rated 47 percent good to excellent. Livestock remained in good condition.