Planting progress has advanced despite last week’s cooler temperatures, as 36 percent of Indiana’s corn and 33 percent of soybeans have been planted across the state according to the USDA weekly crop progress report. That compares to 20 percent of corn and 18 percent of soybeans planted from last week’s report.
Corn and soybean planting progress continued ahead of their respective five-year averages. The USDA is reporting that six percent of the state’s corn crop and five percent of Indiana’s soybeans have already emerged.
“Soil moisture levels decreased slightly from the previous week, with 87 percent of topsoil moisture reported as adequate or surplus,” says Nathanial Warenski, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office.
“The average temperature for the week was 53.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.4 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 2.66 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.86 inches, 0.08 inches below normal. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 7,” according to Warenski.
Winter wheat also continued ahead of its five-year average with 78 percent of the crop rated in good to excellent condition.