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Indiana Harvest Nears Completion


Published: Friday, November 20, 2020

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 15.

A mostly dry week helped push harvest progress closer to completion, while weekend rains replenished soil moisture. Soil moisture levels increased from the previous week, with 74 percent of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus.

The average temperature for the week was 48.6 degrees F, 6.1 degrees above normal.

The amount of rainfall varied from none to 1.25 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was .90 inches.

There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn and soybean harvests proceeded quickly thanks to ideal conditions throughout most of the week, with only moderate midweek and weekend rain events interrupting progress.

Both corn and soybean harvests ended the week ahead of the five-year averages.

The late fall rains aided winter wheat emergence and kept progress in line with the five-year average. Livestock were reported to be in good condition.

Other activities for the week included fall fertilizer and pesticide applications, tillage, equipment maintenance, soil testing and hauling grain and hay.

The crop moisture content (last week, previous week, 2019 and 5-year average) showed: field corn harvested for grain, 17, 17, 20, NA; soybeans harvested, 12, 12, 13, NA.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2019 and 5-year average) showed: corn harvested for grain, 93, 86, 78, 89; soybeans harvested, 97, 93, 90, 94; winter wheat planted, 96, 93, 94, 95; winter wheat emerged, 85, 77, 80, 85.

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