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Indiana Corn at Record 6 Percent Planted

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There were 5.2 days suitable for field work during the week. Some farmers have been working at a feverish pace, now that the earliest planting date that corn would be eligible for crop insurance replant payments has passed. In fact, six percent of intended corn acres have been planted which is ahead of the previous record of 3 percent established in 2004. However, other farming operations are waiting to begin planting until there is a less likely chance of frost. A few scattered fields of soybeans have also been planted at this point.

 

The 18-state national percentage of corn planted jumps to 7, up 4% from last week and 5% in front of the five year average. Twenty-nine percent of the winter wheat acreage is jointed compared with 9 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition is rated 83 percent good to excellent compared with 57 percent last year at this time.

 

Major activities during the week included: preparing planting equipment, performing pre-plant tillage operations, hauling grain to market, spreading fertilizer and manure, applying anhydrous ammonia, repairing and installing drainage tile and taking care of livestock.

 

LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORT

 

Livestock are reported to be in mostly good condition at this time. Pasture condition is rated 77 percent good to excellent compared with 35 percent last year at this time. Pastures and hay crops have experienced a considerable amount of re-growth due to the recent warm temperatures. Hay supplies are rated 2 percent very short, 13 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.

                        Crop Progress
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                      : This : Last : Last : 5-Year
    Crop              : Week : Week : Year :  Avg
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                                 Percent              

Corn Planted               6      1      1      0
Winter Wheat Jointed      29     NA      7      9

                        Crop Condition
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              : Very :      :      :      : Excel-
    Crop      : Poor : Poor : Fair : Good :  lent
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                          Percent

Winter Wheat       1      1     15     64     19
Pasture            2      6     15     56     21

            Soil Moisture &
    Days Suitable for Fieldwork
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            : This  :  Last  :  Last
            : Week  :  Week  :  Year
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                       Percent
Topsoil
 Very Short     4       NA        1
 Short         18       NA        7
 Adequate      67       NA       67
 Surplus       11       NA       25

Subsoil
 Very Short     2       NA        1
 Short         11       NA       13
 Adequate      76       NA       72
 Surplus       11       NA       14

Days Suitable  5.2       NA      3.0