Indiana’s corn crop is rated at 52 percent good-to-excellent, while Indiana’s soybeans are 51 percent good-to-excellent. That is according to the USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress Report for the week ending Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. That is a jump from 50 percent for corn, while soybeans were at 48 percent from the previous week.
Across the rest of the U.S., 58 percent of the nation’s corn crop is rated good-to-excellent, which is a drop of three percent from the week before. The nation’s soybean crop is at 59 percent good-to-excellent, a decrease of one percent from the previous week.
“Scattered showers throughout the State helped maintain crop and pasture conditions,” according to Nathanial Warenski, State Statistician with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Indiana Field Office. “Soil moisture levels increased from the previous week, with 70 percent of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus.”
“Soil moisture levels decreased slightly from the previous week, with 69 percent of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus. The average temperature for the week was 77.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.6 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 2.53 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.10 inches, 0.13 inches above normal. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 7,” according to Warenski
“While much of the state received some amount of rain, irrigation systems were still utilized in many counties where precipitation was lacking,” said Warenski.
“Second cuttings of alfalfa and other hay began nearing completion with third cuttings being taken where regrowth was adequate. Pasture conditions improved slightly from the previous week with 41 percent of pasture rated in good to excellent condition. In places where rain was present, livestock enjoyed regenerative pasture growth. Other activities for the week included preventative fungicide applications, herbicide applications, pest management, roadside mowing, and fair activities.” said Warenski.