Unseasonably cool, wet weather prevailed over the majority of Indiana this week according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, with most locations seeing their first frost of the season. Rain in more northern latitudes has contributed to a slower-than-average corn harvest in those regions of the state. Soybean harvest is still well under way, as is winter wheat planting. Pasture conditions are still good for this time of year, and emergence of winter wheat statewide has progressed well thanks to the wet weather. Pasture is still growing but cool weather has slowed growth significantly.
FIELD CROPS REPORT
There were 5.0 days suitable for field work during the week. Ninety-eight percent of the corn acreage is mature compared with 100 percent last year and 97 percent for the 5-year average. Fifty-nine percent of the corn crop has been harvested compared with 80 percent last year and 62 percent for the 5-year average. By area 60 percent of the corn crop is harvested in the north, 55 percent in the central region, and 68 percent in the south. Moisture content of harvested corn is averaging about 19 percent.
Seventy-eight percent of the soybean acreage has been harvested compared to 79 percent for both last year and the 5-year average. By area 82 percent of the soybean acreage is harvested in the north, 83 percent in the central region, and 60 percent in the south. Moisture content of harvested soybeans is averaging about 13 percent.
Eighty-three percent of the winter wheat acreage has been planted compared to 84 percent last year and 78 percent for the 5-year average. Fifty-one percent of the winter wheat acreage has emerged compared to 51 percent last year and 44 percent for the 5-year average. Seventy-four percent of the winter wheat acreage is in good to excellent condition compared to 69 percent last year at this time.
LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORT
Pasture condition was rated 43 percent good to excellent compared with 38 percent last year at this time. Livestock were in mostly good condition due to better than usual pasture conditions for this time of year.