Growers had a favorable week for fieldwork with cooler temperatures and reduced precipitation, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Although it rained some during the week, many farmers needed to run irrigation systems on their fields. Portions of Southern Indiana continued to have waterlogged spots. The statewide average temperature was 72.2 degrees, 1.8 degrees below normal. Statewide precipitation was 0.80 inches, below average by 0.11 inches. There were 5.0 days available for fieldwork for the week ending July 30 up 0.7 days from the previous week.
Regionally, corn was 83% silked in the North, 82% in Central, and 84% in the South. Corn was 16% in dough in the North, 28% in Central, and 35% in the South. Corn rated in good to excellent condition was 54% in the North, 44% in Central, and 50% in the South. Soybeans were 78% blooming in the North, 84% in Central, and 83% in the South. Soybeans were 40% setting pods in the North, 48% in Central, and 54% in the South. Soybeans rated in good to excellent condition were 56% in the North, 47% in Central, and 51% in the South.
The relatively dry week and cooler temperatures allowed both the corn and soybean conditions to improve. Some cases of Common and Southern Rust appeared in corn fields in the South, and were treated quickly with fungicide. Irrigation systems were running in Northern Indiana over the weekend primarily for specialty crops to keep them from becoming too dry. Patches of corn and soybeans continued to be stunted and yellowed in areas that previously had excessive moisture. There were some reports of strong winds lodging corn. The dryer week was favorable for cutting and baling hay.