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Wet Weather Complicates Harvest

Published: Friday, November 30, 2018

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 25.

Wet and cool weather kept fields soggy and continued to impede harvest progress on remaining fields. The state saw a break from precipitation during the middle of the week, but many fields weren't able to dry out before the rain returned.

The average temperature for the week was 38.7 degrees, 1.4 degrees below normal.

The amount of rainfall varied from .05 to 1.92 inches during the week. The statewide average precipitation was .48 inches.

There were 2.9 days available for fieldwork.

Corn and soybean harvests inched along towards completion during a brief break in precipitation, with several reports of farmers waiting for a solid freeze before proceeding with harvest.

The winter wheat crop condition remained stable with 63 percent rated good to excellent.

Livestock were reported to be in good condition heading into the winter season.

Other activities for the week included drying and hauling grain, planting cover crops, fall tillage and enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday.

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, 14, 13, NA.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2017 and 5-year average) showed: corn harvested for grain, 92, 88, 86, 92; soybeans harvested, 93, 91, 92, 96; winter wheat planted, 95, 92, 95, 98; winter wheat emerged, 84, 79, 82, 89.

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