Rainy weather slowed harvest progress last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Above average temperatures helped dry fields between sporadic rains. However, in some counties temperatures dropped low enough for farmers to see their first frost at the end of the week. There were 5.8 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 16, down 0.2 days from the previous week.
Some farmers are reporting hay as nearing completion. Livestock was reported to be in good condition, and starting to build winter coats. Other activities for the week included fall tillage, drying and hauling grain to elevators, seeding winter wheat and planting cover crops.
Corn matured was 98% complete in the North, 97% in Central and 97% in the South. Corn harvested for grain was 44% complete in the North, 50% in Central, and 75% in the South. Farmers reported harvesting more corn than soybeans as a result of the rain. Corn harvested for gran is above the 5 year average and on track to pass last year. There have been numerous reports of diplodia ear rot in corn but yields are still expected to be good. Corn rated in good to excellent condition was 73% in the North, 76% in Central, and 56% in the South.
Soybeans dropping leaves were 98% complete in the North, 97% in Central, and 92% in the South. Soybeans were 55% harvested in the North, 58% in Central, and 46% in the South. Soybean harvest progress slowed due to rain. Farmers reported having difficulty harvesting soybeans due to green stems and their height. Soybeans rated in good to excellent condition was 80% in the North, 82% in Central, and 65% in the South.