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Indiana is partway into a record-setting cash crop harvest – but months of uneven weather conditions have put some farmers behind.

The state’s soybean crop is 42 percent harvested as of this week, about the same as average. But the corn crop lags at just 24 percent.

Purdue University agronomist Bob Nielsen says wet weather earlier this year forced some farmers to plant late or replant their crops, and cool August temperatures lengthened the growing season.

Uneven, wet weather is complicating the growing season for Indiana farmers.

There’s much more cash cropland this week that has too much moisture in its soil than at this time last year, according to the USDA’s latest crop progress report.

And the federal agency says the current condition of Indiana’s corn and soybeans isn’t as good as it was a year ago.

Indiana’s corn and soybean growers are getting seeds in the ground this week – but more rain on the way could put farmers in a difficult position.

As of Monday, 56 percent of the state’s projected corn crop and 23 percent of the projected soybean crop have been planted.

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The leaves are falling in Indiana, but temperatures... not so much. The weather has been unseasonably warm this fall, with highs in the 80s across the state at the beginning of November.

Chanh Kieu is an Indiana University atmospheric science professor. He says parts of Indiana are experiencing temperatures around 5-7 degrees warmer than the average.

"In particular, in October, and now they say even in early of November, we still see the trend of warming for the next few days," Kieu says.

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Indiana will witness its first real heat wave of 2016 this week. Temperatures are expected to peak in the mid-90s this weekend, and the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Saturday evening.

The hot conditions are the result of a so-called “heat dome,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Even though the name is simple, the conditions that create a heat dome are a complicated combination of pressure, temperature and air density.

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Hoosier farmers didn't make much progress planting corn in the past week, after a strong early start -- and they're running out of time to get the state's signature crop in the ground.

Heavy spring rainfall didn't stop Indiana farmers from planting twice as much corn by the start of May as they had in 2015. They were on their way to planting a projected 2.6 percent more acres of corn than last year, despite a glut of the crop worldwide.

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan to comply with a new policy from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more commonly known as FEMA. The new plan will include a section on the risks posed by changes in extreme weather patterns.

Indiana’s Hazard Mitigation Plan describes the natural disasters that affect the state and ways communities can lessen their impacts.

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After one of the warmest Decembers on record. Indiana is set to see some more familiar winter weather heading into the new year.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Puma says the El-Nino-fueled jet stream that was pushing cold temperatures north into Canada is losing steam, and nature is leaving behind the spring-like temps Hoosiers enjoyed in December.

White Snow A No-Show This Christmas

Dec 21, 2015
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It may not feel like winter this December, but the winter solstice -- marking the longest night and shortest day of the year -- occurs Monday night. With cloudy skies and rainy conditions, the day may seem even shorter.

And you can hum the song all you want, but a white Christmas probably isn't in the cards for Indiana this year.

Sonia Mark with the National Weather Service says we can expect rain and temperatures in the low 50s on Christmas Day.

State Could See Record-Breaking Warm Weather This Weekend

Dec 10, 2015
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Much of Indiana could see record-breaking temperatures over the next few days. Indianapolis-based National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Tucek says temperatures on Saturday could top 65 degrees--the record for that date back in 1991.

Tucek says high temperatures today through Sunday should remain in the low-to mid-60s.

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