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Corn, Soybeans in Good Condition

Published: Friday, September 15, 2023

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Sept. 10.

Crop conditions remained stable for many throughout the state despite a lack of much-needed rainfall. Soil moisture levels decreased from the previous week, with 52% of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus.

The average temperature for the week was 71.8 degrees F, 2.4 degrees above normal.

The amount of rainfall varied from none to .90 inches over the week.

The statewide average precipitation was .29 inches, .30 inches below normal.

There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn dough progress was all but complete last week. Corn condition was rated 65% good to excellent, down 1 point from the previous week. Corn silage harvest was in full swing.

Soybean setting pods neared completion, with 65% of soybeans in good to excellent condition, down 1%age point from the previous week.

Winter wheat planting season had begun. Cooler temperatures brought relief for livestock, but more rain was needed to support pasture regrowth.

Pasture conditions remained largely unchanged from the previous week with 42% of pastures rated in good to excellent condition.

Other activities for the week included seed harvesting, manure applications, cover crop planting, irrigation system maintenance, sod harvesting and roadside mowing.

Topsoil moisture was rated very short, 12%; short, 36%; adequate, 51%; surplus, 1%.

Subsoil moisture was rated very short, 14%; short, 34%; adequate, 51%; surplus, 1%.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2022 and five-year average) showed: corn dough, 96, 92, 97, 96; corn dented, 70, 51, 70, 73; corn mature, 12, 4, 14, 25; corn harvested for silage, 32, 19, 44, NA; soybeans setting pods, 96, 92, 98, 97; soybeans dropping leaves, 19, 6, 19, 26; winter wheat planted, 1, 0, 0, 1; alfalfa hay, third cutting, 93, 88, 90, 89; alfalfa hay, fourth cutting, 38, 26, 36, 36; other hay, third cutting, 69, 61, 52, 66; other hay, fourth cutting, 17, 9, 0, 5.

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