Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, says he has never seen a growing season get off to such an uneven start as this one. Heavy rains in April and May delayed planting and left standing water in many parts of Indiana while other areas baked in unusually hot and dry conditions.
Purdue Extension disaster specialist Abby Hostetler is urging Hoosier property owners and others who might have suffered damage from the recent heavy rains and flooding to file a report with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Wet weather this spring has delayed the hay harvest throughout Indiana, raising concerns about feed quality and safe storage. Keith Johnson, professor of agronomy and Purdue Extension forage specialist, said forage becomes less digestible and palatable for livestock the longer it stays in the field.
Although two weeks of occasionally heavy rain and some unseasonably cold temperatures slowed planting progress and threatened newly emerging plants throughout Indiana, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen said there is still time to have a good grain crop if, as expected, weather conditions improved. The key, Nielsen said, is careful crop management.
Nearly all creatures exhibit differing behavior during the day and night. Is it possible that despite the carbon reinforced bark trees do the same thing? New research says "Yes!"
After two months of unusually warm conditions throughout Indiana, state climatologists based at Purdue University believe temperatures will slowly return to seasonal norms over the next month, which is good news for fruit growers and home gardeners concerned that their plants might be emerging too quickly.
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program continues to monitor The Great Lakes while sharing real-time data to fishermen and boaters by utilizing social media. Wind speed, lake temperatures and wave height are now shared with Twitter posts for quick and easy access to the public.