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Cold Temps Still the Story for Planting Forecast


Cold air continues to be the story as farmers have planters about ready to roll. It’s time now for our planting weather forecast presented by Seed Genetics Direct: The Eastern Corn Belt’s fastest growing independent seed company. Visit seedgeneticsdirect.com for pricing and more information.

HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin says we might see some slightly warmer temperatures as we close out the weekend, “But then after a cold front passes Monday night into Tuesday next week, we’re going to see a reinforcing shot of cold air come back down and we could see well below normal temperatures through the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday timeframe as well.

“So, I continue to maintain we are not going to see soil temperatures go anywhere over the next 7 to 10 days, and right now we’re stuck in the low to mid, in some cases upper, forties across a large chunk of the state. The only place we’re seeing warmer temperatures, soil temperature wise, is in the southern third of Indiana.”

From a moisture standpoint, Martin says we don’t see any significant rainmakers coming through in the next 10 days.

“The key word there is significant. I think we have to deal with a few hit-and-miss scattered showers off-and-on over the weekend, light coverage at 30 to 40 percent there, but I think we have to watch for that front next Monday night and Tuesday that could bring us up to a quarter of an inch across about 60 to 70 percent of the state. So, we will see some moisture, but we’re not going to see significant amounts the way we see things coming together right now. As temperatures warm toward the end of the 10-day forecast window, so going into the week of the 25th, we’re going to be seeing a very active precipitation track across areas to our south, but right now we’re still keeping big rains out of Indiana.”

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