Austin Pearson

County Extension Director, Extension Educator Agriculture and Natural Resources
Tipton County

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As we close the doors on May for the year, one of the biggest stories throughout the month was the precipitation. The entire state was above normal. Northwestern Indiana was 3.41” above normal and southeastern Indiana was 0.18” above normal for the month (Figure 1). Temperatures were near normal in the northern and above normal in the central and southern tiers of the state. Some stations in Central Indiana recorded rainfall on 24 out of 31 days. The good news is that many areas saw dry conditions set in the last week of May and beginning of June and helped alleviate some of the saturated soils. This actually provided a very limited window of opportunity for the agriculture industry. Unfortunately, the weather looks to turn off wet again with 1 to 4 inches of rainfall projected through June 10th. The wet pattern looks to continue through the first three weeks[Read More…]

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So far for the month of May, temperatures across the state vary by nearly 2˚F above normal in the southeast and almost 3˚F below normal in the extreme northwest. Similarly, the same trends can be seen in the Modified Growing Degree Days as they are based on temperature (Figure 1).   The main story continues to be the precipitation for most of the state. Since January 1, precipitation is between 3 to 9 inches above normal in spots. Adding observed near normal to slightly above normal precipitation for the month in some areas is really delaying folks in the agriculture industry (Figure 2). Looking at the short term outlook from the Climate Prediction Center (Figures 3 & 4), much of the state has above normal chances for seeing above normal temperatures and precipitation over the 6 to 10 day and 8 to 14 day outlooks. Our active weather pattern doesn’t[Read More…]