Indiana crops could use more rain

Indiana farmers still need rain, even after getting some precipitation last week.  USDA’s State Statistician Nathanial Warenski says 51% of topsoil is now adequate or surplus, but the rainfall received varied from just under two-tenths of an inch to 4.3 inches, and most farmers need more rain for their crops.

Forty-Seven percent of the state’s corn is in good to excellent condition with silking behind schedule.

Soybean blooming is also behind, but 49% of the crop is rated as good to excellent.  About 4% of the beans are setting pods.

The winter wheat harvest is in full swing.

USDA reporters say supplemental hay was used by several producers who deemed pasture conditions unsatisfactory.  About 61% of second crop alfalfa and 46% of other second crop hay is cut.

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