Continued rainfall slowed planting progress throughout the state, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Short breaks in the rain provided limited opportunities for fieldwork throughout the week.

The average temperature for the week ending June 2 was 70.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.1 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.30 inches to 3.26 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.65 inches. There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn and soybean planting progressed slightly, especially on sandy soils, during breaks in the rainfall last week. Winter wheat condition remained mostly unchanged, though continued excessive moisture levels began to cause concern. First cuttings of hay fell significantly behind schedule due to the wet field conditions.

Other activities for the week included spraying burndown herbicides, spreading fertilizer, and preparing equipment for the next planting opportunity.

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

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