WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Light rain this week helped farmers finish out soybean harvest, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Above average temperatures yielded to more seasonable weather late in the week, just as farmers are starting to finish up with fall fieldwork. There were 5.4 days available for fieldwork this week, above last week by 0.9 days.
Much of the corn and soybean harvest has been completed, with only scattered cornfields remaining. The mild weather has helped the winter wheat crop progress nicely, although much of the crop could use some additional moisture in the coming weeks to stay healthy. Some grazing livestock remains on pastures while the fall weather conditions remain favorable. With the majority of the corn and soybean crops off the field, farmers are prepping for next year’s crop by hauling grain, taking soil samples, tilling fields, laying tile, cleaning and repairing harvest equipment, and applying fertilizer, herbicide and lime.
Soybeans harvested was 98% complete in the North, 98% in Central, and 96% in the South. Corn harvested for grain was 97% complete in the North, 97% in Central, and 96% in the South. By region, winter wheat emerged was 94% in the North, 85% in Central, and 83% in the South.