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Harvest Inches Closer to Finish Line

Published: Friday, November 9, 2018

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 4.

Heavy rains throughout the state hindered harvest progress. Cool temperatures and rainy weather saturated fields making fieldwork difficult. High winds resulted in reports of downed corn in some fields.

The average temperature for the week was 48.1 degrees, 2.1 degrees below normal. The amount of rainfall varied from 1.04 to 4.99 inches during the week.

The statewide average precipitation was 2.66 inches.

There were 2.7 days available for fieldwork.

Corn and soybean harvest inched closer to completion, but above average rainfall kept farmers out of the fields for much of the week.

Winter wheat progress moved along steadily, with winter wheat planted and emerged in line with the five-year average. The winter wheat crop was rated in mostly good condition.

Other activities for the week included drying corn, hauling grain, applying fertilizer, spraying for fall burndown, fall tillage, planting cover crops and winterizing machinery.

The crop moisture content (last week, previous week, 2017 and 5-year average) showed: field corn harvested for grain, 16, 16, 18, NA; soybeans harvested, 14, 13, 13, NA.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2017 and 5-year average) showed: corn harvested for grain, 83, 77, 68, 77; soybeans harvested, 87, 80, 84, 87; winter wheat planted, 88, 82, 86, 89; winter wheat emerged, 71, 58, 65, 70.

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