While fields in the northern part of the state have been hit with several heavy rains in the past week, it has been a different story for farmers in the south. More rain and more heat is what crops in Southern Indiana need, says Steve Gauck, agronomist with Beck’s Hybrids. Gauck says fields in the SE corner are especially dry while SW counties have had some timely rains this week. Overall, he said the crops are off to a good start, “The stands are not perfect but, for the most part, they are pretty good. Soybeans have been slow to develop because of the cool weather; and we had had some reports of yellowing corn, but some sunny days will help all of that.” He added that most of the corn is in the V4 to V5 stage.
As Hoosier Ag Today reported earlier this week, slow emergence has hurt yield potential in the northern part of the state. Gauck says this is not the case in the south, “We still have the potential to have good yields.” He said some corn fields in the SW part of the state are already waist high. Gauck said the dry conditions in southern fields have been good for the wheat crop that is racing toward maturity, “The wheat is advancing rather quickly and looks to be in good shape.”
Hoosier Ag Today Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin is forecasting plenty of rain for the Hoosier State and much of the Corn Belt for the next several days, “More rains come through about every other day. We see action Sunday into Monday, Tuesday through Thursday, and even the extended period starts off with more of the same with scattered showers around the 21st-22nd. Then a strong frontal system hits for the 24th-26th.” Martin sees warmer temperatures ahead for the weekend, “We should see decent south flow today and tomorrow ahead of the big rains, and that should push temps to above normal levels. We can see some 90s over the state, with some areas getting their first taste of 90. However, the mid to upper 80s will be more common…which is still above normal. With the increase in clouds for next week and the nearly constant threat of moisture…we likely will keep temps a bit cooler, closer to normal for the entire week.”