Hot and dry conditions through most of the week stressed crops, particularly in northeastern Indiana, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. High temperatures and a lack of rain warranted continued use of irrigation systems. Some areas received rain on Friday but relief was limited. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported moderate drought in large portions of Allen, Elkhart, Lagrange, Noble and Kosciusko Counties. Most of central and southern Indiana received more rainfall, and crop conditions continued to fare better there. Statewide average temperature was 78.4 degrees, above normal by 5.5 degrees. Statewide precipitation was 1.43 inches, above normal by 0.61 inches. There were 5.5 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 14, down 0.7 days from the previous week.
Winter wheat harvest is complete. Some farmers baled hay prior to the rains while other waited to cut until rain fell. Pastures in the northern part of the state continued to decline. Livestock were stressed due by hot temperatures.
Corn dough was 70% in the North, 74% in Central, and 71% in the South. Corn dented was 24% in the North, 24% in Central, and 22% in the South. Leaf rolling and stalk firing was observed in some areas. Corn rated in good to excellent condition was 68% in the North, 77% in Central, and 66% in the South.
By region, soybeans blooming were 97% complete in the North, 94% in Central, and 90% in the South. Soybeans setting pods were 81% complete in the North, 81% in Central, and 67% in the South. Soybeans rated in good to excellent condition were 69% in the North, 76% in Central, and 64% in the South. Spider mites were problematic in coarse soils that were most affected by weather conditions. SDS and white mold were reported in some areas