In the latest USDA Crop Progress Report, Indiana corn is rated 73% Good to Excellent, while Indiana soybeans are rated at 71% Good to Excellent.
Nationally, 64% of corn and 59% of soybeans are rated Good to Excellent. Corn ratings remained steady while soybeans were down a percentage point.
Consistent rainfall helped to improve soil conditions in much of the State, according to Nathanial Warenski, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Soil moisture levels increased considerably from the previous week, with 89 percent of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus.
The average temperature for the week was 70.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.2 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.00 to 7.35 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.75 inches. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 27.
Much needed rain blanketed northern Indiana and replenished soil moisture levels. Warm, dry weather in southern Indiana spurred harvesting of winter wheat. Wheat harvested for grain remained on schedule with the five-year average. Corn condition remained stable with 73 percent of corn rated in good to excellent condition. Soybean condition also remained stable with 71 percent of soybean crop rated in good to excellent condition. Soybean plants have started to bloom in some parts of the State. Where conditions allowed, the second cut of alfalfa and other hay was taken. Pasture conditions increased slightly from last week with 69 percent of pastures rated in good to excellent condition. Livestock enjoyed rapid pasture growth and cool temperatures. Activities for the week included hay harvesting, herbicide and fungicide applications, sheep shearing, equipment repairs, and county fair attendance.
Source: USDA NASS Indiana Field Office