Soil Temperatures in the Past Two Weeks – Vegetable Crops Hotline

Soil Temperatures in the Past Two Weeks

Figure 1 Purdue agricultural centers

Figure 1 Purdue agricultural centers

Soil temperatures are critical for seed germination and are closely related to occurrences of some early season soilborne disease and pest problems on vegetable crops. Plant vegetable crops after the soil is warm enough ensure good seed germination and fast crop establishment. The figures below show daily average soil and air temperatures at  recorded at six locations (Figure 1) in Indiana from April 25 to May 8 that maybe helpful in assessing soil conditions for planting across the state. More information regarding recommended soil temperatures for vegetable planting can be found in the articles  and


Figure 2.  Daily air and soil temperatures from April 25 to May 8.




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