High temperatures and varying amounts of rainfall in the state left many fields in need of more moisture, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Soil moisture levels remained steady but varied widely by location. Drier conditions this past week have led to an increase in irrigation. Statewide average temperature was 76.7 degrees, above normal by 2.9 degrees. Statewide precipitation was 1.00 inches, above normal by 0.11 inches.
Corn dough was 22% in the North, 33% in Central, and 35% in the South. Corn rated in good to excellent condition was 77% in the North, 82% in Central, and 65% in the South. Leaf rolling, stalk firing and uncontrolled weeds appeared in some areas, reflecting both the overly wet spring and dry summer. Yet overall crop conditions continue to look good with the majority of corn and soybeans rated in good to excellent condition.
By region, soybeans blooming were 86% complete in the North, 82% in Central, and 70% in the South. Soybeans setting pods were 48% complete in the North, 58% in Central, and 40% in the South. Soybeans rated in good to excellent condition were 77% in the North, 80% in Central, and 65% in the South. Soybeans are entering a critical stage for rain and are beginning to show stress. Second crop beans appeared to be doing well.