Warmer and drier weather continued last week, allowing farmers to complete some much needed fieldwork, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Scattered storms throughout the week kept soil moisture levels high.
The average temperature for the week was 79 degrees, 5.2 degrees above normal for the state. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 2.63 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.12 inches. There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 7.
Indiana Crop Progress for week ending July 7
|Crop||This week||Last year||5-year avg.|
|Winter wheat mature||87||96||92|
|Winter wheat harvested||48||76||64|
|Alfalfa hay 1st cutting||92||100||99|
|Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting||20||56||47|
|Other hay 1st cutting||87||99||97|
|Other hay 2nd cutting||15||41||35|
With corn planting behind them, farmers focused on getting the rest of their soybeans in the ground last week. Warm and relatively dry weather spurred crop growth, but corn and soybeancrop development still lagged significantly behind previous years.
Winter wheat harvest was well underway, especially for those planning to double crop soybeans. The first cutting of hay was finally wrapping up, and the second cutting was running behind schedule. Pasture conditions were stable, and livestock were enjoying the continued pasture growth.
Other activities for the week included sidedressing corn, spraying for weeds, and replanting soybeans where necessary.
Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Great Lakes Regional Field Office.