Periodic rain showers kept farmers out of the fields for most of the week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Heavy rain showers led to localized flooding in the South. Temperatures remain to be above normal for this time of year. There were 3.7 days available for fieldwork, down 0.4 days than last week.
Winter wheat continues to grow well, and has begun to enter into dormancy for the winter. There were a few reports of stressed wheat fields in flooded areas. Most of the fall fieldwork has been completed, equipment cleaned and stored, ready for next growing season.
Rains throughout the week have led to some livestock damage to fields. Other activities for the week included hauling grain, spreading lime, and baling corn stalks for supplemental feed for livestock.