Cool temperatures and steady precipitation for the greater part of the week left fields saturated, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Gloomy weather conditions prevailed across the State this week. The average temperature for the week was 44.0 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.4 degrees below normal for the State. Precipitation amounts in different parts of the State ranged from 0.35 inches to 3.71 inches over the week. There was 1.0 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 1.
Areas recovering from earlier flooding witnessed a week filled with snow, sleet and rain. High volumes of precipitation raised the soil moisture index in many locations to surplus, leaving several fields with standing water. Winter wheat was slow to begin growth due to wet cool weather, but was reported to be good to excellent condition. Calving has started, but hay supplies were running short, causing some concern among cattle producers. Feedlots were in poor shape due to continued wet conditions; however, livestock were reported as doing well. Activities for the week included hauling grain, potato planting, application of dry fertilizers and anhydrous ammonia, tiling and ditch work, preparing equipment for spring work, spreading manure and enjoying the Easter vacation and March madness.