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Harvest Inches Closer to End Line

Published: Friday, November 29, 2019

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 24.

A mostly dry start to the week allowed for significant harvest progress before late-week rains slowed field activity. Soil moisture levels increased slightly due to weekend rain events and below average temperatures.

The average temperature for the week was 38.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.2 degrees below normal.

The amount of precipitation varied from none to 1.05 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was .55 inches.

There were 4 days suitable for fieldwork.

Harvests for both corn and soybeans neared completion thanks to a relatively dry week, though drying the higher moisture corn crop caused some delay.

Winter wheat emergence remained on schedule des-

pite below average fall temperatures.

Concerns of hay availability and quality were reported from livestock producers. Livestock were utilizing corn stubble as additional forage in some areas due to the soft soil conditions of winter pastures.

Other activities for the week included fall fertilizer applications, tillage, cover crop planting, hauling grain and attending extension workshops.

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

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2018 and 5-year average) showed: corn, harvested for grain 89, 80, 95, 95; soybeans, harvested 94, 91, 95, 97; winter wheat, planted 96, 94, 99, 99; winter wheat, emerged 89, 82, 88, 91.

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