Continued rainfall further rejuvenated soil moisture last week boosting crop development, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. The above average rainfall across the State replenished moisture in many fields that may have missed previous rain events. The average temperature for the week was 74.4 degrees, 1.5 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.06 inches to 3.92 inches during the week. The statewide average for precipitation was 1.65 inches. There were 4.1 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 19.
The rain events in the latter half of the week provided much-needed moisture to most of the State, slightly improving soybean conditions and aiding grain fill in corn. Dry conditions in the beginning of the week gave farmers an opportunity to cut and bale hay and make progress with commercial tomato and mint harvest. Livestock was reported to be in good condition, benefitting from improved pasture conditions. Other activities for the week included hauling grain, mowing roadsides, spraying fields, and attending the State Fair.