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Late Indiana Crops Suffer in Hot, Dry Weather
Indiana Ag Connection - 09/17/2019

Late planted Indiana corn and soybeans continued to suffer due to lack of adequate rainfall last week, according to Greg Matli, state statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Below average precipitation for the week, coupled with warm, and in some cases hot, weather negatively affected grain and pod fill in late planted corn and soybeans. On early to mid-season planted corn and soybeans, the heat was welcomed as additional growing degree days were needed to hasten maturity.

The average temperature for the week was 74.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 6.7 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 1.79 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.24 inches, though there were large areas of the State that saw no rainfall. Most areas in central and southern Indiana had no measurable rainfall last week. There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.

Corn and soybean conditions slid last week. Seed corn and silage harvest continued. A few farmers began to shell some of their earliest planted corn, though combines were very few and far between. Commercial tomato harvest continued. Apple harvest began. Other activities for the week included readying equipment for harvest and planting hay and cover crops.

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