Harvest across Indiana is off to a slow start this fall. So far, six percent of corn for grain and five percent of soybeans have been harvested as of Sunday, Sept. 25 according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS).
Indiana corn is 92% dented and 47% mature. The USDA says 79% of corn for silage has been harvested while harvested corn for grain is far behind the five-year average pace of 12%. Indiana corn is rated 54% good-to-excellent.
Indiana soybeans are rated 55% good-to-excellent. 64% of beans are dropping leaves. Soybeans are also behind the five-year average for harvesting at 11%.
Indiana’s harvest is also behind the rest of the U.S., where 12% of corn and 8% percent of soybeans have been harvested on average according to the USDA.
In his weekly report, Nathaniel Warenski, State Statistician with the USDA NASS, adds that winter wheat planting continued behind its five-year average as well with about only four percent of the crop planted so far. Cuttings for alfalfa and other hay were taken when regrowth was considered adequate. Tomato harvesting is also underway across Indiana.