Re: planting covers in dry conditions
Greg & Lei Gunthorp (email@example.com)
Wed, 23 Sep 1998 22:34:30 -0500
I'd plant them because they aren't going to grow if you don't plant them.
Seed to soil contact might be more important. I waited on some turnips this
year because we were bone dry and I missed a 4 inch rain on the seed. I
lost a large portion of the stand because of the exact reason you talked
about--getting a small rain on them and then getting dry. They probably
would have been fine if I hadn't waited.
How long do you dare wait and still have any growing season left?
I've always heard that there is a tendency for rainfall to average out
over a season in the midwest. Is there any truth to this? Do the odds for
a wet spell increase as you get longer into a dry stretch.
Best of luck,
From: Steve Groff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: sanet <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 1998 10:13 PM
Subject: planting covers in dry conditions
>I have 60 acres of cover crops that should be planted by now. Problem
>is, we have only recieved 6 tenths of an inch of rain in 6 weeks, so the
>soil is bone dry. I am concerned that if I plant now and we get a half
>inch of rain the seeds will germinate then die if we don't get followup
>rainfall with in a few days. Any suggestions?
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