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Dry Weather Aids Crop Harvest


Published: Friday, November 18, 2022

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 13.

A mostly warm and dry week pushed harvest closer to completion. Soil moisture levels increased slightly from the previous week, with 50% of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus.

The average temperature for the week was 47.5 degrees F, 4.5 degrees above normal.

The amount of rainfall varied from none to .34 inches over the week.

The statewide average precipitation was .26 inches, .57 inches below normal.

There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn and soybean harvests were starting to wrap up throughout the state last week, aided by unusually warm and dry weather, before colder temperatures and snowfall arrived over the weekend.

Corn and soybean harvests both finished the week ahead of their respective five-year averages.

Winter wheat planting also neared completion last week, with emergence just slightly behind the five-year average.

Winter wheat conditions declined slightly amid a notable lack of moisture this week.

Other activities for the week included fall tillage and fertilizer and lime applications.

The crop moisture content (last week, previous week, 2021 and 5-year average) showed: field corn harvested for grain, 17, 18, 17, 18; soybeans harvested, 12, 12, 14, 13.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2021 and 5-year average) showed: corn harvested for grain, 91, 83, 84, 84; soybeans harvested, 96, 93, 86, 91; winter wheat planted, 96, 90, 91, 93; winter wheat emerged, 77, 63, 74, 79.

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