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Planting Moves Forward Across Indiana
Indiana Ag Connection - 06/18/2019

Farmers were able to make planting progress during a dry window midweek, according to Greg Matli, state statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. However, heavy rain events at the beginning and end of the week kept soil moisture levels high, with reports of ponding in some fields.

The average temperature for the week was 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit, 5.9 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.06 inches to 5.68 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 2.32 inches. There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.

Corn and soybean planting progressed as fields dried out during the week, but cold nights slowed growth in some fields. As the window for corn planting began to close, farmers made tough choices about what to do next; try to plant their remaining corn acreage as corn, switch those acres to another crop, or take the prevent plant payment. Winter wheat conditions remained mostly unchanged, and harvest began in some areas. Hay cutting continued to progress behind schedule. Livestock on pastures were reportedly enjoying heavy forage growth. Other activities for the week included sidedressing corn, spraying for weeds, and talking with crop insurance agents.

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