Wet and cool weather kept fields soggy and continued to impede harvest progress on remaining fields, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. The State saw a break from precipitation during the middle of the week, but many fields weren’t able to dry out before the rain returned.
The average temperature for the week was 38.7 degrees, 1.4 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.05 to 1.92 inches during the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.48 inches. There were 2.9 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 25.
Corn and soybean harvests inched along towards completion this week during a brief break in precipitation, with several reports of farmers waiting for a solid freeze before proceeding with harvest. The winter wheat crop condition remained stable with 63 percent rated good to excellent. Livestock were reported to be in good condition heading into the winter season. Other activities for the week included drying and hauling grain, planting cover crops, fall tillage, and enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday.
Source: USDA NASS Indiana Field Office