A streak of warm, dry weather helped grain naturally dry down and paved the way for farmers to get into the full swing of harvest. Even though both corn and soybean harvest were able to gain momentum, they are still dragging quite a few days behind the five-year average.
With optimal weather conditions, seventy-nine percent of the corn crop has matured, 21 points behind this time last year. Corn harvested in the state of Indiana advanced to 21 percent, while that is 11 percent more than the previous week, it is over 50 percent behind last year. The average moisture content thus far is 23 percent. Just 35 percent of the crop is listed in good to excellent condition.
The favorable weather conditions also helped develop the soybean crop as 89 percent is now shedding leaves compared to 99 percent last year. Twenty-eight percent of the soybean acreage has been harvested compared to 77 percent last year. The average moisture content to this point is 13 percent and 43 percent of the crop is listed in good to excellent condition.
In other crops around the state, 25 percent of the winter wheat acreage has been planted with 5 percent of the crop emerged. Pasture conditions have again improved with 22 percent now listed in good to excellent condition compared to 6 percent last year.