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Rains Lead to Planting Delays in Indiana


Scattered, yet persistent rainfall impeded field work and delayed spring planting during the week ending April 12, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Increased rainfall throughout the state pushed back prospects of corn and soybean planting until the rain subsides and fields dry out. Above average temperatures have helped green up winter wheat, pastures, and other cover crops. Winter wheat conditions were rated as 56% in good to excellent condition.
Many fields have ponded from increased rainfall making fieldwork difficult. Limited topdressing for winter wheat was completed this week due to the frequent storms and wet fields. Farmers continued to apply ammonia and fertilizer to corn fields during breaks in the weather. While winter wheat conditions have improved slightly, the continued rainfall has raised concerns of drowning in the fields.

Nationally only 3% of the corn has been planted, compared to the 5 year average of 5%. Illinois had 1% of their corn planted while Indiana, Ohio, and Iowa reported no corn planted.

Hay supplies have diminished, but many are beginning to release livestock to graze on the greening pastures. Calving season is wrapping up for many farmers. Other activities for the week included tilling, ditch bank clearing, fixing tiles, cleaning fence rows, and hauling grain to elevators.

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