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Dry Weather Pattern Continues

Published: Friday, June 26, 2020

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending June 21.

Another unusually dry week allowed for planting to approach completion. Growers continued to hold out for rain. Soil moisture levels decreased significantly from the previous week.

The average temperature for the week was 71.8 degrees Fahrenheit, .5 degrees below normal.

The amount of rainfall varied from none to .36 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was .16 inches.

There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

With corn and soybean planting all but wrapped up, growers focused on nutrient and pest management, spending much of the week applying fertilizers and herbicides.

The recent dry spell left some corn and soybean fields showing signs of drought stress. Irrigation, where available, was up and running.

Winter wheat harvest began in earnest last week, aided by the dry weather, and first cuttings of hay neared completion.

Livestock were reported in good condition, though pasture conditions worsened last week due to the lack of moisture.

Other activities for the week included equipment maintenance and attending extension programs.

Topsoil moisture was rated very short, 14 percent; short, 40 percent; adequate, 45 percent; surplus, 1 percent.

Subsoil moisture was rated very short, 8 percent; short, 37 percent; adequate, 54 percent; surplus, 1 percent.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2019 and 5-year average) showed: corn emerged, 98, 94, 74, 93; soybeans planted, 98, 94, 72, 92; soybeans emerged, 92, 85, 51, 82; winter wheat mature, 51, 28, 43, 60; winter wheat harvested, 13, 3, 8, 16; alfalfa hay, first cutting, 96, 88, 54, 86; other hay, first cutting, 92, 80, 58, 80.

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