A change in the weather is coming; one that will let us get wrapped up, or in some cases started, with planting. After another week of rain and cold temperatures, Indiana is set for some good planting conditions. According to HAT Chief meteorologist Ryan Martin, “We are going to be able to put together 5 or 6 days of dry weather. This window will run from this weekend into the early part of next week.” In addition, Martin says this period of time will be marked by a good amount of sunshine, “This is something we have not seen a lot of for much of the month of May.” The lack of growing degree days has caused slow emergence and a sickly yellow color on newly planted corn. This weather pattern should give a good shot of growth energy for emerged crops as well as letting planters roll.
But Martin warns that growers had better take advantage of this planting window because the rain is set to return, “By the time we get to Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, we will be back to fighting the scattered showers.” He said the rain totals should not be excessive next week but they will be enough to slow or even halt planting.
One change Martin is finally seeing in the weather is warmer temperatures, “I think we are turning the page here and are done with the below normal cold air.” He is forecasting normal temperatures from now right into June. He added there will be god evaporation rates and good soil drying conditions that should help dry fields that have been too wet to plant.
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