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Indiana's Rain-soaked Fields

Indiana's Rain-soaked Fields

By Andi Anderson

Heavy rainfall across Indiana saturated fields and significantly impeded fieldwork progress, according to Nathanial Warenski, State Statistician at the USDA NASS Indiana Field Office. Topsoil moisture levels saw a notable increase compared to the previous week, with 93 percent rated adequate or surplus.

The average temperature for the week was 46 degrees Fahrenheit, slightly below the state's normal average. Statewide average precipitation was recorded at 2.32 inches, which was 1.47 inches above normal. With only 1.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 7, farmers encountered challenges due to standing water in fields, overflowing ditches, and creeks exceeding their banks.

The unfavorable weather conditions, winter wheat crop conditions remained stable, with 74 percent of the crop rated good to excellent. Jointing progress continued ahead of the five-year average pace. However, concerns arose among Indiana growers regarding freezing temperatures potentially affecting crop prospects as fruit trees began to exit dormancy.

Activities for the week included fertilizer and herbicide applications, as well as planting preparations. Soil moisture levels showed significant improvement due to plentiful rainfall.

Here's a summary of the soil moisture, crop progress, and crop condition for the week ending April 7, 2024, in Indiana:

Soil Moisture:

  • Topsoil moisture: 1% very short, 3% short, 6% adequate, 14% surplus.
  • Subsoil moisture: 58% short, 64% adequate, 35% surplus.

Crop Progress:

  • Days suitable for fieldwork: 1.5 days.
  • Winter wheat jointing: 11% completed.

Crop Condition:

  • Winter wheat: 1% very poor, 3% poor, 22% fair, 62% good, 12% excellent.
  • In terms of temperature and precipitation across different regions of Indiana for the week ending April 7, temperatures ranged from highs of 55 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 24 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Precipitation ranged from 0.53 to 3.57 inches, with some areas experiencing above-normal rainfall.

Overall, heavy rainfall significantly impacted fieldwork activities and soil moisture levels across Indiana, while concerns persisted regarding the potential effects of freezing temperatures on crops.

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