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Indiana Ag Connection - 04/07/2020

A dry week brought soil moisture levels back down near the five-year average after what had been a relatively wet start to spring, according to the USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Field Office.

The average temperature for the week was 47.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.7 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 0.16 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.08 inches. There were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.

Winter wheat crop conditions were higher than both last year and the five-year average, with 67 percent rated in good to excellent condition. Wet field conditions carrying over from previous weeks limited field activity in many areas, but growers were making progress with tillage and fertilizer applications where possible. Spring calving continued throughout the week, and muddy conditions persisted in winter pastures and feedlots. Other activities for the week included hauling grain to local elevators, installing tile, spraying herbicides, preparing equipment for the planting season, and contacting FSA offices to enroll in farm programs.

This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2020 season. A series of weekly crop progress reports will be published each Monday at 4:00 p.m. EST throughout the crop season.

These reports will cover planting and harvesting activities, crop development, weather data, and timely crop management information provided by farmers, USDA, and Purdue University experts.

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