August 19, 2022

Indiana crop progress

Hit-or-miss rainfall did little to relieve overall dry conditions in Indiana for the week ending July 17. Soil moisture levels decreased from the previous week, with 49% of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus. The statewide average precipitation was 0.67 inches, 0.20 inches below normal. Scattered rain showers offered temporary relief for some. More rain is needed to maintain crop condition and spur further crop developmental progress. Corn silking was 39%, compared to the five-year average of 49%. Soybeans blooming was 45%, compared to the five-year average of 50%. Soybeans setting pods was 13%, compared to the five-year average of 19%. Corn and soybean condition ratings decreased slightly from the previous week with 45% of corn and 46% of soybeans rated in good to excellent condition. Winter wheat harvest was 95% complete, compared to the five-year average of 90%. Second cuttings of alfalfa was at 75%, compared to the five-year average of 67%. Many pastures throughout the state were showing signs of stress with only 36% of pasture rated in good to excellent condition.