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Rain Slows Indiana Harvest Progress
Indiana Ag Connection - 10/13/2021

Intermittent rains throughout the week hampered harvest progress in much of the State, according to Nathanial Warenski, state statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Soil moisture levels increased from the previous week, with 88 percent of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus.

The average temperature for the week was 69.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 13.1 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.05 to 2.63 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.01 inches, 0.73 inches above normal. There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.

Scattered showers throughout the State slowed harvest progress last week. Corn harvest remained slightly ahead of the five-year average, while soybean harvest progress fell behind the five-year average for the first time this season. Crop conditions remained stable. Winter wheat planted also fell behind the five-year average amid the wet weather.

Hay harvest progress slowed to a crawl last week, while pasture conditions improved slightly. Specialty crop producers continued harvesting apples and pumpkins. Other activities for the week included planting cover crops, spraying herbicides, and equipment maintenance.

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