Scattered thunderstorms brought temporary drought relief to some areas but the state remains very dry in general, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The prevailing hot, dry conditions are causing a growing concern over the impact it will have on crop yields. Some soybean fields required
spraying during the week due to pressure from weeds, aphids and/or spider mites. Aerial fungicide applications continued on some corn acreage.
Ninety-three percent of the corn crop has silked compared with 97 percent last year and 93 percent for the 5-year average. By region, 93 percent has silked in the north, 94 percent central and 91 percent in the south. Twenty-four percent of the corn is in dough compared to 62 percent last year and 39 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition is rated 41 percent good to excellent compared with 65 percent last year at this time. Fifty-nine percent of the corn is rated as fair to very poor, an increase from last week’s report. Nationally corn was rated at 60% good to excellent down from 62% in that category a week ago.
Eighty percent of the soybean acreage is blooming compared with 93 percent last year and 85 percent for the 5-year average. By region, 86 percent has bloomed in the north, 77 percent central and 76 percent in the south. Thirty-eight percent of the soybean acreage is setting pods compared with 72 percent last year and 50 percent for the 5-year average. Soybean condition is rated 44 percent good to excellent compared with 65 percent last year at this time. Fifty-six percent of the Hoosier soybean crop was rated as fair to very poor. Nationally soybeans were rated as 61% good to excellent compared with 60% a week ago.