Rain showers interrupted harvest for many farmers last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Warm wet weather and harvest delays caused concern for increased harvest challenges and damage to standing crops. There were 4.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 23, down 1.4 days from the previous week.
Winter wheat seeding is off to a good start with wet weather creating good conditions for germination. Pastures and livestock were reported to be in good condition. Other activities for the week included planting cover crops, fall tillage, and drying and hauling grain to elevators.
Corn harvested for grain was 57% complete in the North, 63% in Central, and 82% in the South. Farmers focused more on corn harvest due to wet soybean fields. Reports of diplodia ear rot and mold in corn continue. The longer corn remains in the field the more prevalent the mold becomes. Some corn was damaged by wind that accompanied rain last week. Reports of corn yields varied widely.
63% in the South. Soybean harvest was at a standstill due to rain. Rains made some soybean fields too hard to harvest. There were reports of green stems and dry pods making threshing conditions tough.