Harvest progressed steadily throughout much of the State, though late-week rainfall delayed fieldwork in some areas, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. Significant weekend rains in the northern part of the State hampered fieldwork, while the southern part of the State remained relatively unscathed.
The average temperature for the week was 70.9 degrees, 12.9 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 3.47 inches during the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.18 inches. There were 4.7 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 7.
Growers made progress on corn and soybean harvests early in the week before the rain. Popcorn and commercial tomato harvests were reported as nearing completion. Cover crop and winter wheat plantings continued steadily where time and conditions allowed. Other activities for the week included spreading potash and phosphorus, fall tillage, and hauling grain.