Indiana’s corn crops are rated at 54 percent good-to-excellent according to the USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress Report for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 4. The percent remains unchanged for corn from the previous week. Ninety-four percent of the state’s corn crop is in the dough stage and 55 percent is dented. Nine percent of the state’s corn crop is mature.
Indiana’s soybeans are rated at 56 percent good-to-excellent, which is up two percent from the previous week. The USDA says 95 percent of the state’s soybeans are setting pods.
Across the rest of the country, 54 percent of the nation’s corn crop is rated good-to-excellent, which is a drop of one percent from the week before. Ninety-two percent of the country’s corn crop is in the dough stage and 63 percent is dented. Fifteen percent of the nation’s corn crop is mature.
The U.S. soybean crop is at 57 percent good-to-excellent, which is unchanged from the previous week, with 94 percent setting pods.
“Much needed rainfall replenished soil moisture last week,” 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 60 percent of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus.”
“The average temperature for the week was 72.9 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.8 degrees above normal for the state. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.06 to 6.02 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.81 inches, 1.00 inches above normal. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 4,” says Warenski.
“Sparse and sporadic rainfall led to the utilization of irrigation systems throughout much of the state. Many farmers hope for additional precipitation to bolster soybean pod setting progress. Corn dented progress continued behind its five-year average and some producers have begun harvesting corn for silage,” according to Warenski.
“Early and late-week rainfall aided crop development last week, especially in late planted fields. Both corn and soybean progress remained slightly behind the five-year average. Silage and seed corn harvests were underway last week. Hay harvest progressed slowly where the weather allowed, and pasture conditions improved after the increased rainfall,” says Warenski.”