There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 29, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Indiana Field Office. Statewide, the average temperature was 59.1 degrees, 7.9 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.97 inches, 0.44 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 9% very short, 21% short, 61% adequate, and 9% surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 16% very short, 31% short, 51% adequate, and 2% surplus.
Corn harvested reached 56%, compared to the five-year average of 65%. Soybeans harvested reached 79%, compared to the five-year average of 78%. Winter wheat planted reached 72%, compared to the five-year average of 80%. Winter wheat emerged reached 41%, compared to the five-year average of 52%.
Livestock reportedly enjoyed consistently cooler temperatures, and many received supplemental hay. Pasture conditions remain unchanged from the previous week with 30% of pastures rated in good to excellent condition. Other activities for the week included fall tilling, mold monitoring, fertilizer applications, harvest equipment maintenance, and grain hauling.