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Indiana Ag Connection - 04/06/2021

A relatively dry week helped bring soil moisture levels down to more moderate levels after what had been a wet March for much of the State, according Nathanial Warenski, state statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office.

The average temperature for the week was 44.1 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.4 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 0.67 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.20 inches. There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.

Relatively dry conditions over the past week allowed growers to make progress with tillage and fertilizer applications, though moisture from the previous week's rainfall limited fieldwork in some areas. Winter wheat crop conditions were higher than both last year and the five-year average, with 69 percent rated in good to excellent condition.

Livestock were reported in good condition, and spring calving was underway. Other activities for the week included hauling grain, soil sampling, seeding pastures, herbicide burndown, and preparing equipment for planting.

This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2021 season. A series of weekly crop progress reports will be published each Monday throughout the crop season. These reports will cover planting and harvesting activities, crop development, weather data, and timely crop management information provided by farmers, USDA, and Purdue University experts.


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