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photo by Lynn Teel

In what has become an all too familiar scene, heavy rains across the state this weekend flooded more fields and washed out more young crops. “Hard rain and high winds in White County. Not good for corn that was a little over knee high,” reported Lynn Teel. He said his farm had 2 inches of rain and that totals were even higher north of his location. Donya Lester in Montgomery County said successive weekends of heavy rains have proven too much for some of their young soybean plants.

The rains this weekend are just the beginning of what will be an extended period of rain, says Hoosier Ag Today Meteorologist Ryan Martin. “We look for wet days to outnumber dry by a ratio of nearly 2:1. Following this initial front, we see rains for Sunday afternoon through very early Tuesday morning, then Wednesday through Saturday morning. For the next 7 days…today through next Friday, we will hold with rain totals of 1 – 2.5 inches over 70% of the region, and we can see rains exceed 2.5 inches in perhaps up to 20% of the state,” predicts Martin. “The extended period shows a continuation of the wet and active pattern. The GFS model shows a front for the 22nd, and another for the 26th and 27th. We will continue with our ‘lumping’ of periods together for rain totals, and for days 8-15 we see rain totals at an additional 1-2 inches, coverage at 70%. So, look for above normal precipitation totals for the month of June, even if we shut things off after that front on the 27th.”

Water is not the only problem facing Indiana crops. Martin says the lack of growing degree days will also be a factor in slowing crop development, “That will be a key item to watch…lack of sunshine. With this pattern, we may have difficulty getting the solar radiation growing plants would find ideal.”