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Harvest Season Nears Completion

Published: Friday, November 24, 2023

The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 19.

Abnormally warm weather and great fieldwork conditions helped push harvest progress closer to completion. Soil moisture levels decreased from the previous week, with 54% of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus.

The average temperature for the week was 46.3 degrees F, 4 degrees above normal.

The amount of rainfall varied from none to 1.20 inches over the week.

The statewide average precipitation was .18 inches, .58 inches below normal.

There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn harvested for grain progress was only slightly behind its five-year average pace. Warm, dry conditions aided corn dry down.

Soybean harvest neared completion, wrapping up slightly ahead of its five-year average pace.

Winter wheat condition was stable, with 71% of the emerged crop rated in good to excellent condition.

Livestock were reportedly doing well, with many livestock being moved to winter lots.

Other activities for the week included tilling, grain hauling, mowing, fertilizing, equipment maintenance, and equipment storage.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2022 and five-year average) showed: corn harvested for grain, 90, 82, 94, 91; soybeans harvested, 97, 94, 99, 95; winter wheat planted, 95, 92, 99, 96; winter wheat emerged, 81, 75, 85, 85.

The crop moisture content (last week, previous week, 2022 and five-year average) showed: corn harvested for grain, 19, 19, 17, 17; soybeans harvested, 12, 13, NA, NA.

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