Dry weather continued for most of the week, causing concerns to growers, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office.

Warm temperatures and little rainfall reduced soil moisture levels further below the five-year average.

The average temperature for the week was 73.3 degrees, which was normal for the state. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.05 inches to 1.35 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.52 inches. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Aug. 4.

Indiana Crop Progress for week ending Aug. 4 (% completed)

Crop This week Last year 5-year avg.
Corn silking 60 96 93
Corn dough 16 55 40
Soybeans blooming 54 90 88
Soybeans setting pods 19 75 65
Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting 81 99 93
Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting 3 35 23
Other hay 2nd cutting 66 90 85
Other hay 3rd cutting 1 24 16

Corn and soybean development progressed last week, though the dry weather resulted in reports of drought stress on lighter soils while irrigation was running where available. Wheat harvest was all but wrapped up last week and mint harvest progressed steadily. Farmers made significant progress with hay cuttings last week, but regrowth was slow due to the dry conditions. Livestock were reported to be enjoying the relatively mild temperatures.

Other activities for the week included herbicide and fungicide applications, mowing roadsides, and attending extension meetings.

Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Great Lakes Regional Field Office.

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