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Rain Brings Relief to Indiana Crops
Indiana Ag Connection - 07/28/2020

Timely rain events and thunderstorms replenished soil moisture levels and warded off drought concerns throughout much of the State, according to USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Field Office. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels increased significantly from the previous week.

The average temperature for the week was 76.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.6 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.08 inches to 4.22 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.58 inches. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.

Early and midweek rains brought relief from the high temperatures, as corn and soybean crop conditions improved from the previous week. Most of the corn crop was silking last week, ahead of the five-year average, and some fields had entered the dough stage. Soybean progress was also ahead of schedule, as soybeans across the State began to set pods. Winter wheat harvest had concluded, and hay harvest progressed with second cuttings at or ahead of the five-year average. Livestock were reported in good condition, and pastures benefitted from the rain and warm temperatures. Other activities for the week included herbicide and fungicide applications, baling straw, equipment maintenance, and marketing produce.

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