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Farmers Expect Typical Growing Season This Year

The sun rises over an Amish farm in Southern Indiana.

After an unusually early farming season last year, farmers say they’re expecting a more typical season this year.

At this time last year, farmers in Indiana were already preparing and planting for the season because of record-breaking temperatures. Purdue Extension Agriculture and Natural Resource Educator David Redman says at this time, farmers are still waiting to plant until temperatures rise and the ground dries out from recent rain and snow.

“This year, we are more like a normal March, we had some rain, we had some snow, farmers are doing the typical things they would be doing in March, probably spreading a little fertilizer but not really getting out there to do much planting that early,” Redman says.

Fox Hollow Farm owner James Brock says ideally farmers will wait to plan until the ground temperature is right.

“You need your ground temperature up about 50 -55 degrees as a normal and it’s not going to be there before, I don’t think before the end of April,” Brock says

Redman says the weather this year looks more favorable than last. The state has already received a decent amount of rain, which, he says, should get the farming season off to a good start.

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