The Indiana harvest is running ahead of schedule due primarily to the extended dry weather we have had in September. Combines have been running almost nonstop, putting stress on machines and personnel. Scattered shows in some areas on Tuesday provided some welcome relief before another stretch of dry weather sets in. According to HAT chief meteorologist Ryan Martin, this dry stretch will continue through the weekend, “From Wednesday though the weekend, we continue to see dry weather with a strong high pressure dome coming in from the NW. This will stretch our rain-free period to over 2 weeks for a large part of the state.” He added temperatures will feel like a typical week in early October.
Martin said there is a remote chance of some rain this weekend due to a hurricane off the east coast, “Some weather models have suggested this rain will push east into the state, but frankly I don’t think this is likely.”
Martin sees dry weather continuing for much of early October, “The extended period shows dry weather then for the 8th through the 11th, with another front beginning to form as we head toward mid-month. That front may work in around the 12th-13th…but we also see signs it may want to delay a bit to closer to the 15th. Still, this is a very good forecast for progression of harvest, with only 2 potential systems in the next 16 days…you really cannot argue with that bit of luck.”
Freezing temperatures hit parts of the northern plains this week raising market concerns of an early frost, but Martin does not see any chance of an early frost coming to Indiana.