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Wet Conditions Slow Indiana Harvest
Indiana Ag Connection - 11/14/2017

Existing wet conditions and additional rainfall during the beginning and end of the week continued to slow down harvest progress, according to Greg Matli, Indiana state statistician for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Damage to standing crops was reported in the central part of the state due to last Sunday's storms. Below average temperatures brought reports of frost throughout the state. The statewide average temperature was 39.3 degrees, 4.1 degrees below normal. Statewide precipitation was 1.25 inches, above average by 0.44 inches. There were 3.9 days available for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, up 0.6 days from the previous week.

Regionally, corn was 79% harvested for grain in the North, 78% in Central, and 86% in the South. Soybeans were 93% harvested in the North, 90% in Central, and 82% in the South. Winter wheat was 96% planted in the North, 89% in Central, and 90% in the South. Winter wheat was 85% emerged in the North, 75% in Central, and 72% in the South. Winter wheat rated in good to excellent condition were 79% in the North, 72% in Central, and 67% in the South.

Mid-week breaks in the rain allowed farmers to make progress with the corn harvest, while consistently wet soil conditions continued to impede soybean harvest. Winter wheat planting progressed closer to completion, but the cool weather slowed emergence. Livestock were reported in good condition, despite reports of the first hard freezes throughout the state. Other activities for the week included drying and hauling grain to elevators, spreading fall fertilizer, fall tillage, and cleaning equipment for storage.

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