Heavy rains the latter half of the week saturated fields and delayed fieldwork, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. The remnants of tropical storm Gordon moved through Indiana bringing above average rainfall throughout the State with some reports of high winds. The average temperature for the week was 73.6 degrees, 4.0 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.36 inches to 6.48 inches during the week. The statewide average for precipitation was 3.45 inches. There were 4.2 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 9.
The heavy rains delayed fieldwork but gave farmers a chance to continue preparing for corn and soybean harvests, though a handful had already begun. Seed corn, processing tomato, and cucumber harvests were underway where the weather allowed. Pastures were rejuvenated by the rainfall and subsequent cooler temperatures also benefitted livestock after what had previously been hot and humid weather. Other activities for the week included hauling grain to elevators, mowing