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Too Much Rain in Parts of Indiana


Published: Friday, July 14, 2017

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending July 9.

Thunderstorms in the latter part of the week limited field activity for a fourth straight week.

Producers in southern counties and in the Northwest part of the state welcomed the rain as it helped to improve crop condition in those areas.

Elsewhere, excessive rain saturated soils, drowned crops, and left standing water in fields. As water levels of rivers rose, so did concerns for the potential of additional flooding with the forecast of more rain.

The statewide average temperature was 74 degrees, .7 degrees below normal. Statewide precipitation was 1.37 inches, above average by .60 inches.

There were 4.3 days available for fieldwork, unchanged from the previous week.

Regionally, corn was 12 percent silked in the north, 12 percent in central, and 47 percent in the south.

Corn rated in good to excellent condition was 57 percent in the north, 40 percent in central, and 48 percent in the south.

Soybeans were 32 percent blooming in the north, 28 percent in central, and 36 percent in the south. Soybeans rated in good to excellent condition were 57 percent in the north, 44 percent in central, and 52 percent in the south.

Winter wheat was 96 percent mature in the north, 99 percent in central, and 97 percent in the south.

Winter wheat was 56 percent harvested in the north, 84 percent in central, and 96 percent in the south.

In addition to heavy rain, thunderstorms brought hail and heavy winds, causing leaning of corn in some fields. In some parts of the state, soybeans were yellow and stunted.

There were also reports of slugs in soybean fields, and high numbers of western bean cutworms in traps.

Weed control has been an issue in the wettest areas; some fields and pastures were in good condition while others have had problems with marestail and palmer amaranth.

Winter wheat harvest continued as weather conditions permitted. Livestock were reported in good condition on average.

Other activities included preparing for county fairs, baling straw and applying fungicides.

Topsoil moisture was rated very short, 1 percent; short, 7 percent; adequate, 70 percent; surplus, 22 percent.

Subsoil moisture was rated very short, 1 percent; short, 8 percent; adequate, 74 percent; surplus, 17 percent.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2016 and 5-year average) showed: corn silking, 19, 8, 22, 27; soybeans blooming, 31, 14, 35, 32; soybeans setting pods, 1, 0, 2, 3; winter wheat mature, 98, 93, 97, NA; winter wheat harvested, 78, 56, 80, 67; alfalfa hay, second cutting, 54, 38, 63, 52; other hay, second cutting, 43, 27, 40, NA.

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