Indiana crop update: Corn planting close to finished
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Growers continued to make progress planting corn and soybeans despite rain for much of the week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Precipitation and warm temperatures promoted crop emergence, which is steady with the five year average for both corn and soybeans. Temperatures were above average for the week for nearly all regions of the state. Days suitable for fieldwork was 4.7.
Regionally, winter wheat was 65% headed in the North, 78% in Central and 90% in the South. By region, corn was 95% planted in the North, 95% in Central, and 97% in the South. By region, corn was 79% emerged in the North, 80% in Central, and 87% in the South. Soybeans planted was 79% complete in the North, 82% in Central, and 80% in the South. Soybeans emerged was 50% complete in the North, 52% in Central, and 52% in the South.
While producers were able to continue to plant, many hay producers continued to wait for a dry window to cut hay. Corn planting is projected to finish in the next week, and soybeans are going in the ground quickly, though winter wheat harvest has not begun yet, which will hold off double crop soybean planting. Winter wheat progress and condition are both nearly the same as this time last year. Northern Indiana saw heavier rain than the rest of the state, with precipitation being spotty in the central and southern regions. Some areas are seeing ponding that will lead to replanting, while others in the south are seeing crops hurt by dry weather. Other activities for the week included spraying for weeds, side dressing corn, and hauling grain.