With harvest set to begin, the forecast does not look good. Hoosier Ag Today meteorologist Ryan Martin says wet weather will stall harvest activity for the next week before it even begins, “We have the remains of tropical system Gordon moving across the state this weekend. This system could drop from 2 inches to up to 7 inches of rain in some areas. The harvest rain will likely be from US 24 down to I-70.” Even after Gordon passes, Martin says there is more rain in the forecast, “We have more rain coming back next Wednesday and Thursday.” He said a longer dry spell is not likely until close to the middle of the month.
We have not seen good drying conditions which is keeping moisture levels high in many area. Martin says that is not going to change for the next few weeks. The long range outlook for September indicated we are unlikely to see good harvest conditions until later in the month, “I am surprised we are seeing moisture hold this long into September, but things should improve later in the month.” He added temperatures should remain above normal for the month, “I don’t see any danger of an early frost.”
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