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Cold Temperatures and Rain Make Finding Planting Windows Difficult

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Cold Temperatures and Rain Make Finding Planting Windows Difficult

This is the first of a series of special planting weather forecasts with Hoosier Ag Today chief meteorologist Ryan Martin, and they will run each Friday through the planting season. He says it’s hard to find any good windows for planting progress right now.

“We’ve got a nasty storm complex that’s going to be moving across the entire Cornbelt here as we go through the weekend. It’s kicking off on Friday in the Central Plains and moving through the Eastern Cornbelt Saturday and Sunday. Here across the Hoosier state, I think we’re looking at anywhere from a half to maybe 2 inches of rain, and we could even see, with the right kind of strong to severe weather, some 2.5 inch rain totals combined Saturday and Sunday.”

Martin says to not expect soil temperatures to improve any time soon.

“Much colder air comes in behind this frontal complex. So, as if the rain wasn’t bad enough, we’re going to take temperatures next week back down in that 10 to 12, maybe 15, degrees below normal range. Keep in mind, normal is improving at a fairly rapid clip here. It’s not like we’re talking about going back into the thirties and staying there for highs. We’re going to be in the forties, but overnight lows are still going to be pushing down into the lower thirties.”

After the weekend showers, Martin says to expect a quarter inch on Wednesday, mostly in the northern part of the state. More rains can be expected on the 22nd, 25th, and 28th. He says the big problem going forward will be the time between precipitation events.

“Can we see windows of dryness in between that are long enough to actually allow for any kind of field work right now? I’m hedging toward not really.”

This week’s planting forecast made possible by First Farmers Bank and Trust, Firmly Planted, Here to Stay, and by Kokomo Grain.