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Warm and Dry Weather Pushes Indiana Crops
Indiana Ag Connection - 09/14/2021

Warm, dry weather last week pushed corn and soybeans towards harvest, according to Nathanial Warenski, state statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels both fell last week in response to warm temperatures and little rainfall.

The average temperature for the week was 69.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.7 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 0.77 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.26 inches, almost a half inch lower than normal. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.

Fields dried considerably last week. Additional rainfall was needed to help later maturing soybeans reach their yield potential and for regrowth in hay and pastures. A few corn fields were harvested last week as farmers were incentivized by early premiums at some elevators. Corn silage harvest was in full swing. Army worms caused problems in some hay fields. Livestock were reported in good condition with beef producers preparing for fall calving season. Other activities for the week included preparing for harvest, preparing for wheat planting, mowing roadsides, and scouting fields.

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