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Indiana Crops Need Rain

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Drier conditions balanced out by cool weather resulted in a week ideal for fieldwork, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures for the week ending August 3 ranged from 65 to 73 degrees, or 9 to 4 degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 46 degrees; the highest, 90 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 68.3 degrees, 5.1 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0 to 3.15 inches, with a statewide average of 0.40 inches.

Corn doughing was at 40% in the South, 38% in Central, and 30% in North. Soybeans setting pods was 74% in north, 67% in South, and 63% in Central. Thanks to the cooler conditions, crops did not experience a significant loss of moisture or degradation of condition versus last week. Rain is still needed in many areas, and irrigation systems have been running. Insect pressure is down in many fields. Corn leaves are beginning to roll in many fields. Farmers are concluding hay second cutting, though the dry conditions are slowing the third growth of hay. Fungicides and herbicides are being applied in fields that still need them.

Seventy five percent of Indiana corn was rated in good to excellent condition while 74% of Indiana soybeans were rated as good to excellent.