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Indiana Planting Progresses Before Rain Arrives
Indiana Ag Connection - 05/19/2020

Significant planting progress was made last week before late-week rains halted field activity, according to USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Field Office. Soil moisture levels increased following major rain events in the latter half of the week.

The average temperature for the week was 57.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.3 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.15 inches to 3.16 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.38 inches. There were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.

Growers took advantage of the dry start to the week and made significant headway with corn and soybean planting, with both ending the week well ahead of the five-year average. The cooler spring temperatures kept winter wheat progress slightly behind the five-year average. Some damage to winter wheat and early planted soybeans was reported from the previous weeks' frosts. Hay and pasture growth had also slowed due to the cooler temperatures. Livestock were reported to be in good condition, though supply chain issues were a concern for producers. Other activities for the week included tillage, herbicide and fertilizer applications, and brush removal.

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