The deadline to enter the Indiana Prairie Farmer/ Beck's Hybrids Seed give-away is Thursday, Jan. 15.
You can enter by mailing in the entry form in the December of January issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you email, please include the same information asked for on the entry form: name, address, cell and home phone, and number of acres farmed.
Most importantly, include your guesses for snowfall at three locations: Angola, Martinsville and Boonville. Ken Scheeringa, associate Indiana state climatologist, picked these sites because they have records going back either almost 100 hundred years, or more than 100 years.
Guess the snow totals at each location for the months of climatological winter. That's Dec. 1 through Feb. 28. Scheeringa says those are the months that climatologists consider to be the winter months, even though it can snow in November, or even October, and in March, or even April. Snows of any consequence before or after the climatological winter are fairly rare, however.
The person with the closest guess when all of the numbers are totaled at each site, based on actual snowfall reports, wins six bags of Beck's Hybrid seed corn. Second place will get six bags of Beck's soybean seed. Third place receives six bags of Beck's wheat seed, or equivalent if you don't grow wheat.
Last week's weather should have you more in the mood to think about how much it might snow this winter. One year ago southern counties were hit hard during the first week of January, although snow fell across the north as well. This year during the first week of January the larger snow totals were in the northern half of Indiana, above I-70.
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With the winter nearly half over, you can factor in what you've seen so far into your guesses. Winners of the 2014 contests are not eligible. One entry per immediate household please. All decisions are final.