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Good Harvest Progress Early in Week, Then Rain, Cold

Published: Friday, November 8, 2019

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 3.

Midweek rains and snowfall across the state stalled harvest progress during the latter half of the week. The high amount of precipitation finally returned soil moisture to levels near the five-year average.

The average temperature for the week was 43.2 degrees Fahrenheit, 7.6 degrees below normal.

The amount of rainfall varied from none to 2.12 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.22 inch-es.

There were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork.

Though good progress was made in the beginning of the week, wet and cold weather passed through on Wednesday and Thursday, slowing corn and soybean harvests for the remainder of the week.

The first snowfall of the season was reported in the northern and central parts of the state on Thursday. Livestock were on winter pasture with supplemental hay feeding.

Other activities in-cluded fall fertilizer and herbicide applications, equipment maintenance and delivering grain.

The crop mois-ture content (last week, previous week, 2018 and 5-year average) showed: field corn harvested for grain, 20, 20, 16, 17; soybeans harvested, 13, 13, 14, 13.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2018 and 5-year average) showed: corn, mature 97, 94, 100, 100; corn, harvested for grain 57, 48, 82, 77; soybeans, harvested 79, 71, 86, 86; winter wheat, planted 86, 78, 87, 87; winter wheat, emerged 66, 48, 69, 68.

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