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Indiana crop update: Rain delays planting

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Scattered storms throughout the week ending May 17 narrowed planting opportunities for corn and soybeans, but the warm weather was excellent for crop growth, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

Humid weather coupled with rain showers kept heavy soil too damp to continue planting in some areas.

Crusting in topsoil postponed planting for some, and led others to employ rotary hoes to help emergence.

Temperatures remained above average for the week for nearly all regions of the state, allowing crops to make significant progress. Days suitable for fieldwork was reduced to 3.7 due to the increased rainfall.

Regionally, winter wheat was 10% headed in the North, 33% in Central and 66% in the South.

By region, corn was 75% planted in the North, 69% in Central, and 84% in the South. By region, corn was 42% emerged in the North, 34% in Central, and 46% in the South.

Soybeans planted was 32% complete in the North, 36% in Central, and 45% in the South.

Emergence in the corn and soybean crop has progressed smoothly and steadily with the warm temperatures. Some low-lying fields may need to be replanted due to soil saturation, but most fields were in good condition. Winter wheat condition has remained stable and has progressed quickly, surpassing last year by 10% for wheat headed.

Hay is growing well, but many farmers are unable to cut and bale with the wet conditions. Burn down for weeds is approaching completion. Strawberries have begun to ripen and be sold at local markets. Other activities for the week included spraying for weeds, applying fertilizer, tilling, clearing fence rows, and hauling grain.