Heavy rains throughout the State hindered harvest progress, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Cool temperatures and rainy weather saturated fields making fieldwork difficult, and high winds resulted in reports of downed corn in some fields.
The average temperature for the week was 48.1 degrees, 2.1 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 1.04 to 4.99 inches during the week. The statewide average precipitation was 2.66 inches. There were 2.7 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 4.
Corn and soybean harvest inched closer to completion, but above average rainfall kept farmers out of the fields for much of the week. Winter wheat progress moved along steadily, with winter wheat planted and emerged in line with the five-year average. The winter wheat crop was rated in mostly good condition. Other activities for the week included drying corn, hauling grain, applying fertilizer, spraying for fall burndown, fall tillage, planting cover crops, and winterizing machinery.