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3% of Corn Crop Planted in Indiana


Published: Friday, May 10, 2019

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending May 6.

Planting continued to be delayed due to above average precipitation last week, exacerbating what had already been a relentlessly rainy spring thus far.

High levels of precipitation limited field activity throughout much of the state and further increased soil moisture levels.

The average temperature for the week was 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.1 degrees above normal for the state.

The amount of rainfall varied from .30 inches to 4.32 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.67 inches.

There were .7 days suitable for fieldwork.

With fieldwork very limited, the percent of corn and soybeans planted fell significantly behind the previous year and five-year average levels.

Winter wheat growth continued to progress, but fell just slightly behind the five-year average.

Pastures were reported to be in mostly good condition, yet too muddy to graze in many areas.

Activities for the week included spreading fertilizer, spraying burndown herbicides, hauling grain and preparing machinery for planting.

Topsoil moisture was rated very short, 0 percent; short, 0 percent; adequate, 29 percent; surplus, 71 percent.

Subsoil moisture was rated very short, 0 percent; short, 0 percent; adequate, 34 percent; surplus, 66 percent.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2018 and 5-year average) showed: corn planted, 3, 2, 37, 35; soybeans planted, 1, NA, 20, 12; winter wheat, jointing 62, 52, 67, 70; winter wheat, headed, 12, 1, 5, 16.

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