Four inch soil temperatures are above 50 degrees in much of Southern Indiana, but very little fieldwork is being done. “In parts of Southern Indiana, we have had up to 7 inches of rain in the past few days, and that is more than anyone needs,” said Brian Bush, DuPont Pioneer field agronomist in Bartholomew County.
With more rain in the forecast for next week, it will likely be later in the month before planting really gets underway. Bush is urging farmers to be ready to go, but not to rush, “We don’t want to mud this crop in because that will reduce our yields all season long. I am telling my customers to be ready when the rain stops, but don’t go when the fields are still this wet.” He added that soil conditions across the southern part of the state are too wet and that many rivers have flooded low lying areas. He predicts that it will be at least another week in some areas and up to 3 weeks in others before planting can begin.