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Planting Progress Inches Up to 31%


Published: Friday, June 7, 2019

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending June 2.

Continued rainfall slowed planting progress throughout the state. Short breaks in the rain provided limited opportunities for fieldwork throughout the week.

The average temperature for the week was 70.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.1 degrees above normal for the state. The amount of rainfall varied from .30 inches to 3.26 inches over the week.

The statewide average precipitation was 1.65 inches.

There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn and soybean planting progressed slightly, especially on sandy soils, during breaks in the rainfall.

Winter wheat condition remained mostly unchanged, though continued excessive moisture levels began to cause concern.

First cuttings of hay fell significantly behind schedule due to the wet field conditions.

Other activities for the week included spraying burndown herbicides, spreading fertilizer and preparing equipment for the next planting opportunity.

Topsoil moisture was rated very short, 0 percent; short, 0 percent; adequate, 44 percent; surplus, 56 percent.

Subsoil moisture was rated very short, 0 percent; short, 0 percent; adequate, 44 percent; surplus, 56 percent.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2018 and 5-year average) showed: corn, planted 31, 22, 98, 94; corn, emerged 18, 10, 88, 80; soybeans, planted 17, 11, 93, 80; soybeans, emerged 9, 3, 77, 56; winter wheat, jointing 91, 85, 99, 98; winter wheat, headed 75, 56, 86, 88; alfalfa hay, first cutting 14, 6, 65, 59; other hay, first cutting 19, 10, 49, 40.

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