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Indiana Planting Progress Charges Forward
Indiana Ag Connection - 05/17/2022

Hot and mostly dry weather delivered ideal conditions for fieldwork last week, according to Nathanial Warenski, state statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Soil moisture levels decreased from the previous week, with 96 percent of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus.

The average temperature for the week was 71.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 10.8 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 2.80 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.35 inches, 0.59 inches below normal. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 15.

Favorable weather last week allowed farmers to make significant progress with corn and soybean planting, while the warm temperatures aided crop emergence. Winter wheat development progressed steadily, and crop conditions improved slightly from the previous week.

Livestock were reported to be in good condition, enjoying the warm weather and rapid pasture growth.

Other activities for the week included tillage and spraying herbicides and fungicides.

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