Cooler temperatures and above-average precipitation eased the stress on crops and pastures throughout the state, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Soil moisture levels continued to improve last week, but some areas, particularly in the northern part of the state, could have used more rainfall.
Indiana Crop Progress for week ending Sept. 1 (% completed)
|Crop||This week||Last year||5-year avg.|
|Soybeans setting pods||76||99||97|
|Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting||63||84||80|
|Alfalfa hay 4th cutting||3||19||11|
|Other hay 2nd cutting||94||100||99|
|Other hay 3rd cutting||40||65||62|
The average temperature for the week was 69.7 degrees, 2.5 degrees below normal. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 2.50 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.08 inches. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sept. 1.
The mild weather and moderate rainfall last week helped to stabilize crop conditions, though growers continued to hope for a late frost with corn and soybean development still running behind schedule. Farmers took advantage of the midweek dry stretch to make progress with hay cutting. Livestock enjoyed the cooler weather, and hay was being fed in some areas due pasture shortages.
Other activities for the week included tillage, planting cover crops, mowing roadsides, preparing machinery for fall harvest, and attending Purdue Extension Field Days.