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Guess snowfall at three Indiana locations for winter and win free Beck's seed for 2016.

Tom Bechman 1

January 5, 2016

2 Min Read

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.

Related: Where is all the snow and 20 below zero weather?

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.


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.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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