January 5, 2016
Hurry! You only have just over a week left to enter the Indiana Prairie Farmer/Beck's Winter Seed Give-away contest. All you have to do is guess total snowfall for the winter at three Indiana locations. Be one of the three closest to guess total snowfall across all three locations, and you will win seed for planting this year, courtesy of Beck's.
Ken Scheeringa, associate Indiana state climatologist, and his staff picked the locations. They look for three rural locations spread across the state. They also look for weather stations with history going back many decades. Some weather stations have been collecting data longer than others.
Snow coming? Let us know what you think by entering your guess for winter snowfall in the Beck's Winter Seed Give-away contest.
The three locations this year are Lowell in northern Indiana, Tipton in central Indiana and North Vernon in southern Indiana.
Your guess should be for total snowfall at each of these three locations from Dec. 1 through Feb. 29, 2016. This is the time period considered as climatological winter by weather experts. There is an extra day this year since 2016 is a leap year.
You can find more details and an official entry blank in the December and January issues of Indiana Prairie farmer. Or you can submit your entry online to: [email protected].
If submitting online, include your name, physical address, cell phone number, number of acres of each crop raised, and guess for total winter snowfall at each location. Email entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 15. Postal entries must be postmarked by Jan. 15.
The top winner gets six bags of Beck's seed corn. Second place receives six bags of Beck's soybean seed, and third place will receive six bags of Beck's wheat seed, or equivalent if you don't grow wheat. 2015 winners and employees of Beck's aren't eligible. One entry per immediate household will be accepted.
Meanwhile, the long-range forecast for winter is about 50% correct so far. It was supposed to be a mild winter with temperatures above normal. So far so good on that score. But it was supposed to be on the dry side. The last week of December will mess up those statistics across most of Indiana. Scheeringa reminds, however, that even when the trend calls for weather to go a certain direction, there can be outbreaks that go the other way for a short period.
Your mission is to figure out if any of those outbreaks will bring snow.
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