Wheat harvest was in full swing in most areas of the state with good yields being reported, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Mid-week storms blew some corn acreage down across several northern and central counties with some green snap also reported. However, the extent of the damage is not yet known. A considerable amount of corn acreage began to tassel during the week. Some double crop soybeans were planted after wheat harvest. Farmers were busy spraying weeds in soybean fields, certifying crops with FSA, preparing for 4-H fairs and baling hay.
FIELD CROPS REPORT
There were 4.6 days suitable for field work during the week. Twenty-two percent of the corn acreage has silked compared with 76 percent last year and 39 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition declined slightly and is rated 80 percent good to excellent compared with 8 percent last year at this time. Thirty percent of the soybean acreage is blooming compared with 61 percent last year and 36 percent for the 5-year average. Soybean condition is rated 74 percent good to excellent compared with 11 percent last year at this time.
Sixty-eight percent of the winter wheat acreage has been harvested compared with 100 percent last year and 89 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition is rated 72 percent good to excellent at this time.
LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORT
Livestock were in mostly good condition with little heat stress reported. Pasture condition declined slightly and is rated 76 percent good to excellent compared with only 1 percent last year at this time. The second cutting of alfalfa is 45 percent complete compared with 97 percent last year and 62 percent for the 5-year average.