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Indiana Farmers Begin Planting Season

Indiana Farmers Begin Planting Season

By Andi Anderson

Indiana farmers, led by Nathanial Warenski, State Statistician of USDA NASS, persist in planting despite challenging field conditions. With topsoil moisture decreasing to 94% rated adequate or surplus, farmers navigate wet fields to sow their crops.

The average temperature of 54.0 degrees Fahrenheit, slightly below normal, didn't deter their efforts. Although statewide average precipitation remained slightly below normal at 0.80 inches, limited progress on corn and soybean plantings was achieved.

Despite frost events, winter wheat crops maintain favorable conditions, with a slight improvement to 78% rated good to excellent. However, cold and wet weather presented challenges for calving activities. Other agricultural tasks included tillage, fertilizer, and pesticide applications, alongside harvesting asparagus and strawberry crops.

The soil moisture report for the week ending April 28 indicates 0% very short, 2% short, 6% adequate, and 9% surplus for topsoil moisture, with 69% adequate and 71% surplus for subsoil moisture.

In terms of crop progress, corn and soybean plantings lag behind the five-year average at 8% planted. Winter wheat jointing and heading continue ahead of the five-year average.

Weather summaries for various regions of Indiana depict temperatures, precipitation, and growing degree days (GDD) since April 1, offering insights into localized conditions.

Despite challenges, Indiana farmers press on, adapting to weather fluctuations and pushing forward with planting activities to ensure a successful growing season ahead.

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