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Indiana Planting Pace Nears the 5 Year Average

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National_Agricultural_Statistics_Service_logoWarm, sunny days during the week allowed farmers to make good progress planting both corn and soybeans, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Once again, the most acreage was planted across northern and some central counties. Soils remained too wet across the southern districts to allow much progress to be made. Hay crops are ready to be cut, and farmers are waiting on a window of opportunity with several rain free days in a row.

FIELD CROPS REPORT
There were 4.9 days suitable for field work during the week. Sixty-four percent of the intended corn acreage has been planted at this time compared with 96 percent last year and 65 percent for the 5-year average. By area, 84 percent of the corn acreage has been planted in the north, 59 percent in the central region and 36 percent in the south. Twenty percent of the corn acreage has emerged compared with 85 percent last year and 44 percent for the 5-year average.

National corn planting jumped from 28 percent to 71 percent in the new report. That now trails the 5 year average by just 8 percent.

Thirty percent of the intended soybean acreage has been planted compared with 84 percent last year and 36 percent for the 5-year average. By area, 48 percent of the soybean acreage has been planted in the north, 25 percent in the central region and 9 percent in the south. Three percent of the soybean acreage has emerged compared with 58 percent last year and 18 percent for the 5-year average.

Nationally, soybean planting is now at 24 percent, a jump of 18 percent from the previous report.

Eighty-eight percent of the winter wheat acreage is jointed compared with 100 percent last year and 96 percent for the 5-year average. Thirty-three percent of the winter wheat acreage is headed compared with 91 percent last year and 56 percent for the 5-year average.

Winter wheat condition is rated 72 percent good to excellent compared with 70 percent last year at this time.

LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORT
Livestock remained in mostly good condition. Pasture condition improved further and is now rated 74 percent good to excellent compared with 66 percent last year at this time. First cutting of alfalfa hay is 8 percent complete compared with 69 percent last year and 17 percent for the 5-year average.

Source: NASS