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Planting Running Behind Across Indiana
Indiana Ag Connection - 05/14/2019

Another cold, wet week sidelined Indiana planters, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Indiana field crop producers were chomping at the bit to get their planters rolling but remained unable to get going due to water logged fields.

High levels of precipitation reduced field activity throughout much of the State. The average temperature for the week was 57.0 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.1 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.14 inches to 1.60 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.75 inches. There were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.

There was a very small window of opportunity for fieldwork during the first part of the week. Farmers took this opportunity to plant some corn on sandy ground. Other farmers used the opportunity to apply herbicides or till fields in anticipation of planting. There was very little fieldwork accomplished on heavy ground.

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