It is another chilly week across Indiana, but a warm up is on the way. The problem is that more rain is also on the way. Growing degree days in May have been on the light side, and this has slowed crop emergence. But HAT meteorologist Ryan Martin says the rest of this week will be warmer, “We will see temperatures move back toward the more normal range on Friday and over the weekend, but I do not see a major warm spell coming. It will be a case of us slowly climbing back to normal temperatures over the next few weeks.” He added that he does not see a major heat wave coming to stress the young crops either.
Indiana lags behind in planting progress, and Martin says catching up may be difficult with very short planting windows in the forecast, “We are going to have 2 or 3 days of dry weather at a time, and that is about all.” He said the forecast calls for dry conditions Thursday through Saturday with rain returning on Sunday and into the first part of the week, “We may see a dry spell about mid-week next week, but then more rain back in the forecast.” He predicts a start and stop pace of planting and expects a good deal of nervousness when it comes to getting crops planted over the next few weeks.
Weather extremes have been impacting other part of the Midwest. The mercury dipped to below freezing in part of the Dakotas this week; heavy rains have caused flooding and crop damage in parts of the south and in areas of Nebraska. Martin says these extremes should begin to minimize as we move into June but, if replanting is needed, it may be hard to get accomplished. “I think there will be a great deal of nervousness as we move into early June,” He stated.
Martin’s exclusive corn and soybean forecast is available on HAT’s web site and free mobile app.