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.
Corn planted 98 100 100
Corn emerged 93 100 100
Corn silking 1 45 22
Soybeans planted 93 100 100
Soybeans emerged 85 100 99
Soybeans blooming 1 51 32
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.

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