Optimal weather conditions much of last week allowed farmers to make significant planting progress. According to the latest Indiana Crop and Weather Report 64 percent of the state’s corn crop has been planted compared to 30 percent last week and 20 percent of the crop has emerged. By area, 84 percent has been planted in the north, 59 percent in the central, and 36 percent in the south.
Thirty percent of the intended soybean acreage has been planted and 3 percent is emerged. By area 48 percent has been planted in the north, 25 percent in the central region, and just 9 percent in the south.
Eighty-eight percent of the winter wheat acreage is jointed compared to 100 percent last year and 22 percent is headed compared to 91 percent a year ago. Winter wheat condition is rated 72 percent good to excellent.
Pasture conditions improved further and is now 74 percent good to excellent and the first cutting of alfalfa is 8 percent complete.