Warm weather over the weekend got some folks in the mood for spring fieldwork; but, in Southern Indiana, it is still too wet to make much progress. Brian Bush, with Pioneer, says the warm weather this weekend did get some burndown activity started, but no sooner did we start then the rain returned and put a stop to things, “We had some burndown activity over the weekend, but then Sunday evening we got up to ¾ of an inch of rain and that shut things down to start the week.” He said, for the most part, fields are still too wet to work.
Henbit and purple deadnettle are giving many fields a purple color. While these weeds will slow the start of planting, Bush says they are also causing other problems, “They help soybean cyst nematodes overwinter, and that is a real issue for farmers who are growing continuous soybeans.” He added these weeds help build nematode numbers and, as a result, many growers are pulling population numbers to check this spring. Some growers have been unhappy with their yield numbers and nematodes are getting the blame.
Soil moisture levels decreased somewhat this past week according to the USDA. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.00 inches to 0.86 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.24 inches. The average temperature for the week was 48.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.9 degrees above normal for the State. Winter wheat continues to improve, with 55% rated in good to excellent condition statewide.
Listen for more Pioneer updates later this week on Hoosier Ag Today stations.