As of the last USDA progress report there was still twenty percent of the Indiana soybean crop to be planted, and you can add more acres to that with replanting necessary after heavy weekend rains. Those rains have sidelined the planters for now, but Hoosier Ag Today meteorologist Ryan Martin says many farmers should be able to get back to it soon.
“If we put together two more days like what we saw develop Tuesday, sunshine, decent temperatures and good breezes, I think we can probably see some wheels turning as soon as Friday. The problem is a lot of the places, especially with the replant and having to deal with that, it’s not going to be a 3-day dry down affair if you had over two inches of rain. So I think it’s going to be very hit and miss. I can tell you once we get to Friday afternoon and through Saturday morning, we’ve got more rain coming. Not a lot, but enough.”
Then another system could roll in Monday and Tuesday followed by a Wednesday to Thursday rain system. Martin says the coming rains could mean some farmers will be mudding in the final seeds.
Now farmers are looking for a good warm-up to really get the crops growing. Will that happen?
“Well we will warm up relative to what we saw Sunday and even Monday of this week, but if you’re looking for some days to go way above normal to try and make up for some heat units, I’m going to be a disappointment,” Martin said. “I’m going to say that’s not happening. My forecasts I’ve been trying to trend to normal to below, and earlier this week we got the NOAA 6-10 and 8-14 day outlooks they post every week. Both of those are coming in below normal for our region here. I don’t think we see any heat build all summer and I think we’re going to be very slow to take temperatures above normal here in the month of June as well.”
Even though he doesn’t see rapid makeup of heat units, Martin doesn’t expect the really cool days from this past Sunday and Monday to continue. He predicts an average of 3-5 degrees below normal, at least for the first half of June.