Now Farmers Can Get Regular Yield Projections

first_img Facebook Twitter Technology on the farm has many benefits but now you can add yield projection to the list. Advanced Ag Solutions has updated their Optimizer App to 2.0 so users now have important benefits from available weather technologies built in, according to AAS founder Daryl Starr.“It’s an exciting time for us here,” he told HAT. “We just recently added the ability to take nexrad radar rainfall data for every single field and populate our data set so that yesterday’s rainfall fills in the blanks within Optimizer. With that rainfall information we can combine that with the seed and soil information and project yield, but also identify limiting factors on every single soil type on the farm.”Starr says 2.0 improves on the original Optimizer the company started a few years ago.“We were just kicking around the idea of what seed selection and crop management program might look like to help advisors to bring us together. Then 2.0 we went to a web based platform and really smashed together a whole bunch of stuff we learned on the first version and opened it up to the general public instead of just our clients.”Tremendous response to the original product led to input and requests for not just the zip code specific analysis, but a field by field report. That update to the app results in information that is more specific and more accurate, helping farmers decide what adjustments to make in the field.“Now if they get a big rainfall event that washes nitrogen away the model can alert them to that and they can go back with more or in cases like this year in Indiana where we’re seeing a lot less rainfall, we might have growers saying I want to back off of my fungicide because my yield expectation is reduced because of water becoming a limitation here.”[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/07/Optimizer-2-0-is-here.mp3|titles=Optimizer 2-0 is here]Advanced Ag Solutions specializes in helping high-tech, progressive farmers grow their business through precision agronomic and economic data collection, analysis, and consulting.Starr said there are two levels of subscriptions available.“Farmers who sign up for the free service receive an alert about their county’s standard practices, which includes average soil type, seed variety and rates, and planting date. They also receive a link to a mobile website that displays the information,” he said. “Paying subscribers receive customized information about their fields and a website login to view daily updated information and a visual representation of the information overlaid on a Google map.”Here more in the full HAT interview:[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/07/Daryl-Starr-explains-Optimizer2.mp3|titles=Daryl Starr explains Optimizer2]Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/07/Optimizer-2-0-is-here.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Now Farmers Can Get Regular Yield Projections SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jul 3, 2012 Previous articleDrought Season Highlights Damage Caused By NematodesNext articleWhere is Our Energy Independence? Andy Eubank Now Farmers Can Get Regular Yield Projections SHARElast_img read more

Likely House Speaker Says Highway Bill Will Get Done

first_img Facebook Twitter Likely House Speaker Says Highway Bill Will Get Done By Gary Truitt – Oct 5, 2015 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, who is likely the successor to outgoing House Speaker John Boehner, said Friday “we’re going to get the highway bill done.” McCarthy is currently the GOP majority leader and says the House will consider a transportation bill this month. The current surface transportation authorization expires at the end of October, meaning the House has limited time to tackle a bill. The Senate in June passed a six-year bill known as the DRIVE Act. However, the Senate bill only included enough funding to pay for three years of programs, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.McCarthy pledged a six-year transportation funding bill that would not increase the federal gas tax. His comments come as Representative Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urged Transportation Committee members to pass a highway funding bill on to the full chamber. Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Likely House Speaker Says Highway Bill Will Get Done SHARE Previous articleThe Endangered Species Act May Be EndangeredNext articleTaking Animal Activist Threats More Seriously Gary Truittlast_img read more

North American Pork Producers Unite With Common Message

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News North American Pork Producers Unite With Common Message North American Pork Producers Unite With Common Message SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 11, 2016 Facebook Twitter North American pork producer leaders meeting last week in Whistler, British Columbia, confirmed their industry’s common focus on producing nutritious, sustainable and affordable pork. Hosted by the Canadian Pork Council (CPC), the meeting was attended by representatives of the CPC, the National Pork Producers Council and the Mexican pork producer organization, Confederación de  Porcicultores  Mexicanos (CPM). “It was gratifying to see how pork producers from our three countries all recognize they have a fundamental role in maintaining the foundation of a healthy, safe, environmentally sustainable and affordable food supply,” said CPC Chair Rick Bergmann. “This foundation includes the adoption of new approaches and methods demonstrated by sound science to provide the best possible care and handling of our pigs, allow for environmentally sustainable use of our natural resources and achieve favorable results in the quality, safety, affordability, and availability of our pork products.” He noted that population estimates indicate agriculture needs to double production to meet the world’s needs in 2050.“Hog producers are very innovative, employing the best proven genetics, using research from animal nutritionists and adopting production technologies that, when combined, have achieved tremendous advances in our industry’s ability to produce high-quality food in a sustainable manner,” added NPPC President John Weber, referring to a 2012 Iowa study showing that, relative to a 1959 baseline, pig production has achieved a 35 percent decrease in its carbon footprint, a 41 percent reduction in water usage and a 78 percent drop in land needed to produce a pound of pork.In their discussions, the leaders recognized that, in addition to production efficiencies and environmental sustainability, pork producers share with the rest of society the expectation that pigs are raised in a manner that respects their animal welfare needs as well as society’s concerns that the industry uses antimicrobials prudently. “Pork producers are deeply committed to the humane and respectful treatment of all pigs in their care,” said CPM President Jose Luis Caram. “In addition to the sensibilities that farmers have toward their animals, producers look also to animal behavior scientists and veterinary practitioners for guidance on housing and nutrition, which is reflected in industry codes of conduct and recommended practices.”The pork producer leaders found that another commitment in common is the judicious use of animal health products and for farmers to play their part to preserve the continued effectiveness of antibiotics for humans and for animals. The industry continues to promote sound management, nutrition and good housing as the first line of defense to maintain and protect animal health, recognizing that animal health products should never be used as a replacement for good animal husbandry. They do believe, however, that producers and their veterinarians must retain the ability for the welfare of their animals to prevent disease and treat sick pigs with medications that are approved for veterinary use.“North Americans should feel confident that their pork farmers are capable stewards of their animals and deeply committed to meeting our customers’ and our fellow citizens’ needs and expectations,” concluded Bergmann, who farms in southeastern Manitoba.Pork is an important source of many essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, bioavailable iron and zinc, B vitamins and energy. Replacing some carbohydrate with protein foods, such as pork, may have clinical benefits such as reduced appetite and calorie intake, improved blood lipids and muscle mass maintenance. SHARE Previous articleGrowth in E85 and Mid-Level Ethanol Blends a Win for Consumers,Next articleCold and Wet Conditions Keep Indiana Planting on Hold Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Farm Bureau 100 Year Celebration Hits New Orleans this Weekend

first_img Facebook Twitter Farm Bureau 100 Year Celebration Hits New Orleans this Weekend SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bureau 100 Year Celebration Hits New Orleans this Weekend By Andy Eubank – Jan 9, 2019 Facebook Twitter Farm-Bureau-centennialThe American Farm Bureau Federation turns 100 this year. There will be plenty of celebrating for members of the nation’s largest farm organization, and AFBF President Zippy Duvall is proud that their mission has remained the same since 1919.“If you think about what the mission was in 1919 and that mission hasn’t changed to this day, and that’s to bring one united voice for American farmers and ranchers to Washington, D.C., and to the policymaking on the national level. We were relevant to the cause in 1919 and we’re just as relevant, if not more, in 2019, and I think that’s really something that we as members of this organization and leadership of this organization should be really proud of.”Farm Bureau is kicking off the centennial celebration this weekend during the AFBF annual convention in New Orleans through January 16.Zippy Duvall“We’ll have a taste of the states of the country, and everybody will be able to share that on the trade show floor. And then Secretary Perdue will be there with us and he’ll be helping us celebrate the 100th, and who knows what other guests may show up and surprise us in that meeting, so I encourage everybody to come to our convention and let’s celebrate the successes that we’ve had for 100 years.”Duvall says that as Farm Bureau celebrates its centennial in 2019, there’s a bright future ahead for agriculture and rural communities.“As more people seem to be removed from the farm, I think you’re going to see it reverse and see a lot of people leave the urban areas and go back to the countryside, especially after you see broadband get spread into the rural parts of the country where young people don’t mind going back and working. If that happens, you’ll see agriculture expand, we’ll create other jobs in rural communities, and I think you’ll see rural America revitalized.”Hoosier Ag Today will cover the Indiana delegation at the annual convention in New Orleans and look for the culmination of Indiana Farm Bureau’s 100-years celebration at the state convention back in French Lick December 12-14, 2019. SHARE Previous articleISA/ICGA Identify Top 2019 Grassroots Farmer PrioritiesNext articleRural Hoosiers Being Regulated by the Cities and Towns Where They Can’t Vote Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Rising Interest Rates and Volatile Trade Discussed by Purdue Ag Economists…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Rising Interest Rates and Volatile Trade Discussed by Purdue Ag Economists in… Rising Interest Rates and Volatile Trade Discussed by Purdue Ag Economists in Orlando Facebook Twitter Previous articleChina, U.S., Reportedly Nearing Trade DealNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 5, 2019 Eric Pfeiffer SHARE Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Mar 4, 2019 Rising Interest Rates and Volatile Trade Discussed by Purdue Ag Economists in OrlandoCommodity Classic in Orlando concluded over the weekend with The Charlie Daniels Band turning out the lights on Saturday night. However, the big headliner on Saturday was actually the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture’s presentation about how to manage your farm in times of rising interest rates and volatile trade. While not as famous as The Devil Went Down to Georgia, that topic is squarely on the minds of farmers.Dr. Jim Mintert, director for the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, says that there are opportunities out there for farmers who are managing their risk by having a marketing plan, and actually executing that marketing plan.“If you look at current futures prices, and you know we’ve got a brand new crop basis forecasting tool on our website, if you take a look at the basis history and use that as a guide to what the basis is likely to be this fall, and especially as you look into the spring of 2020, and take advantage of those storage facilities that so many Indiana and Eastern Corn Belt farmers have built in recent years, there’s some opportunities to lock in prices that are either at or very close to full cost of production.”That crop basis forecasting tool can be found here.With trade issues with China, Mexico, Canada, Japan, etc., up in the air, the future is impossible to predict. So, Mintert says that from the risk management side, you have to make your decisions from a portfolio standpoint.“So that means looking at the ‘19 crop, for example, pricing a portion of it now, or thinking about pricing a portion of it now, and wait and see what the opportunities are a little later in the year recognizing that, truthfully, and I think the last year and a half or so is a perfect case of illustrating that, we can’t forecast those kind of events with any degree of accuracy. So, we’ve got to split our risk, manage our risk pretty aggressively, and the first part of that marketing plan is knowing what your own costs are so that you know when you lock in a price what that means to you from a profitability standpoint.”Mintert was joined by Dr. Jason Henderson, Associate Dean and Director of Purdue Extension, Dr. Michael Langemeier, and Fred Seamon from CME Group in Orlando. While somewhat joking about Mintert and friends being the big headliner on Saturday, they have been one of the more popular sessions at Commodity Classic in recent years.So, what affect does this all have on farmer attitudes? We’ll find out today when the Purdue/CME Group Ag Barometer is released. Watch for that at hoosieragtoday.com. SHARElast_img read more

Higher Limits Now Available on USDA Farm Loans

first_img SHARE SHARE Previous articleCensus Shows Agriculture Remains Backbone of Hoosier StateNext articleCommentary: Pence Visit Just Putting Lipstick on a Pig USDA Communications Higher Limits Now Available on USDA Farm Loans Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans.“As natural disasters, trade disruptions, and persistent pressure on commodity prices continue to impact agricultural operations, farm loans become increasingly important to farmers and ranchers,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “The 2018 Farm Bill provides increased loan limits and more flexibility to farm loans, which gives producers more access to credit when they need it most.”Key changes include:The Direct Operating Loan limit increased from $300,000 to $400,000, and the Guaranteed Operating Loan limit increased from $ 1.429 million to $1.75 million. Operating loans help producers pay for normal operating expenses, including machinery and equipment, seed, livestock feed, and more.The Direct Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $300,000 to $600,000, and the Guaranteed Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $1.429 million to $1.75 million. Farm ownership loans help producers become owner-operators of family farms as well as improve and expand current operations.Producers can now receive both a $50,000 Farm Ownership Microloan and a $50,000 Operating Microloan. Previously, microloans were limited to a combined $50,000. Microloans provide flexible access to credit for small, beginning, niche, and non-traditional farm operations.Producers who previously received debt forgiveness as part of an approved FSA restructuring plan are now eligible to apply for emergency loans. Previously, these producers were ineligible.Beginning and socially disadvantaged producers can now receive up to a 95 percent guarantee against the loss of principal and interest on a loan, up from 90 percent.About Farm LoansDirect farm loans, which include microloans and emergency loans, are financed and serviced by FSA, while guaranteed farm loans are financed and serviced by commercial lenders. For guaranteed loans, FSA provides a guarantee against possible financial loss of principal and interest.For more information on FSA farm loans, visit www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local USDA service center. By USDA Communications – Apr 14, 2019 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Higher Limits Now Available on USDA Farm Loans Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Purdue Farm Management Tour Dates Announced for Wabash and Huntington Counties

first_img Purdue Farm Management Tour Dates Announced for Wabash and Huntington Counties SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Apr 28, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Farm Management Tour Dates Announced for Wabash and Huntington Counties Farm-Management-Tour-19-PreviewThis June’s Purdue Farm Management Tour marks the 87th annual date for the event, and again this year the tour in Huntington and Wabash counties will offer something that most producers can use in some form in their own operation. The tour is presented by the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture and Purdue Extension, and Jim Mintert with the Center says a very interesting farm, Bowman Farms, will start the second day.“They’ve been farming in Wabash County for five generations dating back to the 1800’s,” he said. “They have a commercial grain elevator which they launched back in about 1980, and that’s really created some opportunities for them in terms of expanding their storage and their marketing opportunities, but in addition to that, one of the things that they concluded very early on was to really improve the productivity and the profitability of the land they farmed, they needed to focus their attention on drainage. Drainage was a limiting factor in terms of yield and profitability in their part of the state.”The Bowman’s determined investing in state-of-the-art drainage equipment to install their own drainage tile would be a smart move and they are also implementing precision ag technology to install the tile. That will be part of the tour on June 28th.The Farm Management Tour runs two days, June 27 and 28, and Mintert says it offers lots on the management side of farming, lots on the new technology side, and plenty of ideas for those who attend.“The objective is, when people finish up the tour and may be heading home, think about the things they’ve seen and heard at that farm tour and think about one or two things that they might be able to implement on their farming operation to make them more productive and more profitable,” he told HAT. “In some cases it might be something they might be able to apply very straightforwardly to their farming operation, simply an idea in action that they hadn’t seen before. In some cases it might be ok, we can take that idea and modify it a little bit to fit our situation.”There are also opportunities to learn how other farmers are managing personnel and a growing operation. Each tour includes an interview session where farm operators provide an overview of the farm, followed by three mini-tour sessions focusing on specific aspects of the farm’s operation. During the mini-sessions, host farmers share successful farm management tips and explain how the management of their operations is changing in response to the agricultural economy and evolving family circumstances. They also share reasons behind recent innovations in production practices and adoption of new technology.The Tour is free but you need to pre-register for the Friday free lunch count. Also Thursday night the Master Farmer Banquet will be held at Huntington University.Tour schedule12:30 p.m., June 27 – Huntington County: Anson Farms near Andrews was started by John Anson’s grandfather Mark, who was named an Indiana Master Farmer in 1968. John and his wife Jodi now operate the farm, having completed a management transition from John’s father, Aaron. In addition to raising commercial corn and soybeans and selling corn and soybean seed, the Ansons have a boar stud operation they operate under contract and have also begun marketing corn directly to a local dairy farm.3 p.m., June 27 — Dennis Grain and Farms: Located in northeast Huntington county, the farm grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and double-crop sunflowers. Dennis Grain & Farms is a family operation with brothers Mark, Jack and Bob Dennis, along with their son’s and several employees. In addition to their crop farming operation, the Dennis family also operates a commercial grain elevator. Dennis Farms relies on grain marketing and agronomic consultants to help them effectively manage their growing operation, which in 2019 is transitioning from 30-inch to 20-inch row corn production.8 a.m., June 28 – Wabash County: Bowman Agri Corp. and Bowman Farms includes a corn-soybean farming operation and a commercial grain elevator operated by brothers Dan and Kevin Bowman along with Kevin’s two sons, Kyle and Evan. The Bowmans explain that one of the keys to success on their soil types was to focus on improving drainage, leading them to invest in state-of-the-art drainage equipment to install their own drainage tile. The farm also relies on various precision ag technologies to improve their farm’s productivity and profitability.11:30 a.m., June 28 — McKillip Farms near Wabash: The tour will start with lunch, followed by McKillips farm family interview and mini-tours. Todd and Troy McKillips are the fourth generation of the McKillips family to farm near Wabash and have recently completed a transition of the business from the third generation to ensure the business’ ongoing success. Their grandfather was an early adopter of hybrid corn and entered the hybrid seed corn business with a 3-acre plot in 1935. Although focused on corn and soybean seed production and marketing, the McKillips believe in diversification and recently entered tomato production.Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer BanquetThe Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Banquet will be held June 27 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Farm Management Tour. The banquet will be at Huntington University, Habecker Dining Commons, 2303 College Avenue, Huntington, Indiana. The cost to attend the banquet is $25 per person for adults, $10 per person for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. Participants must register separately for the Master Farmer Banquet by filling out the form at https://purdue.ag/masterfarmer or calling 765-494-4191 by June 13.Source: Purdue News Service Facebook Twitter Previous articleCommentary: Morbus Agricola, A Rural EpidemicNext articleHemp Bill Clears Indiana General Assembly Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Setting the Record Straight on Waivers

first_img Facebook Twitter Audio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Setting-the-record-straight-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.All summer long, the ethanol and corn industry pushed hard for the EPA to stop granting small refiner waivers. This caused some tension between Indiana Corn and CountryMark, Indiana’s farmer owned refinery that was granted such a waiver. Now the record has been set straight.This summer Indiana corn farmers and CountryMark, a blender of ethanol for gasoline, found themselves at odds over the issue of Small Refiner Waivers. Now Geoff Cooper, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, says, in their efforts to pressure the EPA, there may have been some misconceptions created, “I think there is a misconception that the ethanol industry is against refinery exemptions altogether, that is not the case. If there are cases where waivers are warranted, grant them.”Matt Smorch, VP of CountryMark, the Indiana farmer owned refinery that blends ethanol, says the waivers are a valuable safety net for small refiners, “Having a safety net in the Renewable Fuels Standard when there is a hardship is important to small refiners like CountryMark.”Cooper told HAT the decision by the Trump administration to re-allocate any ethanol exempted by waivers starting in 2020 is good for the ethanol industry and the corn market. He is still critical, however, of waivers being granted to refineries owned by large and profitable oil companies, “There are companies like Exxon and Chevron that have gotten small refinery waivers, and I don’t think that is who the law was intended to help.”Smorch believes that, in the future increasing the octane level in gasoline, will be a better way to grow demand for ethanol, without having to rely on mandates.Smorch told HAT CountryMark is a supporter of ethanol and will continue to blend the corn product into their gasoline. CountryMark is an American-owned oil exploration, production, refining and marketing company. The company’s complete line of premium quality liquid fuels begins with light, sweet crude oil, which is refined to the highest specifications at the CountryMark refinery in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. Previous articleMore Optimism Surrounding USMCA PassageNext articleTrump Says Farmers Will Need ‘More Land’ and ‘Bigger Tractors’ After China Announcement Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Setting the Record Straight on Waivers SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 13, 2019 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Setting the Record Straight on Waiverslast_img read more

Purdue Ag Economists: Now is the Time to Act on 2019…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Ag Economists: Now is the Time to Act on 2019 Crop Facebook Twitter Purdue Ag Economists: Now is the Time to Act on 2019 Crop By Eric Pfeiffer – Jun 16, 2020 Previous articleExports to China Not Meeting ExpectationsNext articleIndiana FFA Convention Opens to Large Crowds, Around Computers Eric Pfeiffer SHARE Purdue ag economists Jim Mintert and Michael Langemeier agree that now is the time to act on your 2019 crop you’re still holding onto.Mintert says, “So, this is that environment where we have a tendency, almost every year, to see some kind of a rally take place with respect to crop prices. I’m not going to say you should sell today but I think you should be looking very hard at whether not this is going to be the time for that rally.What timeframe should you be looking at to unload your old crop? As Mintert mentioned before, he wouldn’t say to move today, per se, “But from a longer-term perspective, this is the time when you want to be moving.”“So, whether you choose to move today, maybe wait a few days and see how the weather plays out, over the next week or two could be a good opportunity to move out those remaining old crop supplies and perhaps do some pricing on the new crop,” says Mintert.Langemeier agrees, especially as it relates to soybeans.“There’s quite a bit of risk as you hold those beans into July and August. So, I definitely think you should start to think about marketing some of those old crop soybeans soon. It’s very difficult, of course, to pick a day, or pick a week even, to do that, but just keep in mind that you’re going to have quite a bit of volatility, quite a bit of risk, associated with holding those beans any longer than about 2 to 4 weeks.”Mintert, the director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, and Langemeier cohosted a webinar and podcast last week to discuss this, the recent WASDE report, and land values, among other things.You can find the webinar and podcast at this link. SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Planting Forecast: Windows for Drying Will Be Narrow

first_img By Ryan Martin – Apr 30, 2021 SHARE SHARE Planting Forecast: Windows for Drying Will Be Narrow Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Planting Forecast: Windows for Drying Will Be Narrow Planting progress may be difficult to attain in this next week. We do not have any significant windows of good drying for the period starting Monday and going through next weekend. In addition, we will add some significant moisture as we start the month of May off.This weekend will be sunny, warm, and dry, and we may see some planting progress in areas that were at the very low end of rain totals this past week before the end of the day Sunday. However, clouds build quickly late Sunday night, and showers develop overnight through Monday midday. That wave of moisture brings .25”-.75”. After a 12-18 hour break, rain is back from late Tuesday through Wednesday early afternoon. That second surge brings another .25”-.75”. Thunderstorms are possible out of these batches of moisture but will not be rampant. Combined totals for the first half of the week will end up at .5”-1.5” with coverage at 90%. The best rains will be in southern IndianaWe get 24 hours precipitation free from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon. Then, a frontal boundary slides through the eastern corn belt Thursday night into midday Friday. Moisture with that front is not as impressive but will still likely have nearly 100% coverage with totals half an inch or less. What sets that round of moisture apart will be the significantly colder air that follows it into the state. We expect to be much colder Friday afternoon, and the chill stays through the weekend. We should see some sun, but the cool air mass will promote clouds and honestly, we won’t even rule out an isolated shower or two, the way things sit right now.Next week, temps start to moderate right away. However, as the warm air lifts north, precipitation likely comes too. Southern Indiana can see scattered showers for Monday the 10th, while the rest of the state sees action hold off until Tuesday afternoon.  Overall, though, this does not lead to any more than 2-3 days of rain free weather at any point in time in the next 10 days, and with poor drying conditions even when we are rain free. This, combined with the significant rain totals combined over the next 10 days (See map), leads us to question how much we really get accomplished from Monday forward, at least this week and perhaps all the way into midmonth. We will point out, that models are dancing around all over the place and do not have significant agreement on the pattern as a whole. Some are significantly wetter, others drier. Basically…feel free to hope we are wrong and too wet in our outlook for this week!Extended Period:The extended pattern begins with that shower activity Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday, and that could produce .25”-1” with 75% coverage. From there, we see drier potential for Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th, with above normal temps and southwest winds. Showers and thunderstorms could return for Saturday the 15th.Weeks 3 & 4:Weeks three and four are trending cooler than our recent pattern. We see temps both weeks now near normal for the time of year, rather than several degrees above. This is likely due in part to more clouds. We see week 3 above normal over most of Indiana for precipitation, and week 4 will be normal to above. This may mean we see some challenges to long term dry windows to continue planting at anything more than a normal to slower than normal pace.Week 3Precipitation (green: above normal, brown: below)Temperatures (blue: below normal, orange: above)Week 4Precipitation (green: above normal, brown: belowTemperatures (blue: below normal, orange: above) Previous articleMarestail Burndown: What Options are Available?Next articleUSDA: Biden’s First 100 Days Ryan Martinlast_img read more