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Published April 15, 2010, 12:55 PM

Expert: Indiana’s spring planting looks favorable

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — An Indiana climate specialist says the state’s spring planting forecast is looking good, with rain and temperatures expected to be close to normal.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — An Indiana climate specialist says the state’s spring planting forecast is looking good, with rain and temperatures expected to be close to normal.

Associate state climatologist Ken Scheeringa says many Indiana farmers are anxious to plant this month after the last year’s slow, wet start to the planting season.

But he says the forecast for the rest of the spring looks much better than last year, when the state’s weather was dominated by the La Nina weather cycle’s cool, wet conditions.

But this year Scheeringa says Indiana is under the influence of an El Nino weather cycle that should bring drier and warmer conditions.

He says that neutral weather pattern should also hang around for the summer months.

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