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More Rain Could Further Delay Harvest Progress in Indiana


With more rain falling Friday and Saturday, HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin says it could be mid-week next week before we see large scale harvest resume. This is the Seed Genetics Direct Harvest Weather Forecast. Seed Genetics Direct is the Eastern Corn Belt’s fastest-growing independent seed company. Visit seedgeneticsdirect.com to get your Seed Guide with pricing!

Martin’s forecast calls for anywhere between a half inch to 1.5 inches of rain today and tomorrow across Indiana, falling on an already moist soil profile. If there are thunderstorms, that could produce even higher local totals. It will dry up as the weekend progresses.

“I think we already start to see clouds break up over Indiana likely Saturday afternoon, but we do have some cooler air pushing in. So, the evaporation will start, but it’s not going to reach a peak at all on Saturday. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I feel are going to be bright, sunny, good days with near maximum evaporation, particularly your Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday period. Temperatures are going to be warming a little bit as well. We should be, overall, slightly above normal.”

After that nice stretch of weather through Wednesday, Martin says there is a hiccup that could further delay harvest.

“I’m worried that we ring out some moisture over the Hoosier state next Thursday. I don’t like to have to put this in my forecast, but it seems destined to happen. I’ll say at this point a tenth to half, maybe 3 quarters of an inch, can fall. Coverage will be about 60 percent. We do then go back to dry from next Friday right on through about the 27th, so we have a dry window afterwards. But if moisture comes together this coming Thursday like I think it will, that’s going to further delay what we can do on harvest.”

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