Farmers rushed to make planting progress during a much needed week of relatively dry weather, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Below-average precipitation provided suitable planting conditions, though sporadic rain kept soil moisture levels high throughout the state.

The average temperature for the week was 69.9 degrees, 1.5 degrees above normal for the state. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 2.95 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.87 inches. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 9.

Corn planting progressed significantly last week, with farmers taking advantage of the most days suitable for fieldwork thus far this season. Soybean planting also made significant strides last week, though both still lagged behind the previous year and five-year averages.

Winter wheat conditions remained mostly unchanged, though some parts of the state reported damage due to high winds. Hay cutting was still running behind schedule compared to previous years. Some livestock producers reported being short of hay due to the late first cutting and wet pasture conditions.

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

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