Fall Plot Planting and Rain Forecast

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  1. Native Hunter

    Native Hunter Well-Known Member

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    10-4 on the stubborn rain clouds. No, I planted straight clover once that early and it did fine. I remember having some pilewort to germinate in it, but I waited for it to get tall and then mowed before seeding. Everything worked out fine.
     
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    Ok, I think everyone knows we haven’t had rain in ages. I have 1000 lbs of cereal grain seed, along with clover and chicory and radishes. At what point do I throw it on the ground anyway? There is no significant chance for rain in the foreseeable future. Wait until there’s a little bit of a chance? What if it doesn’t come all through October?
     
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    I would wait until the drought is over. If it doesn't come all through October, I would probably go straight cereal rye and save my other stuff until next year. The rye will give you a little growth on warm days all winter once it eventually does come up, but I feel that your other seed will mostly be wasted and competing with weeds next spring. Sorry for your bad situation and wishing you the best.
     
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    ^^^^^^ This.


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    Back in ‘12 I only did plots conventionally. Actually, that’s how I did them just 3 years ago when starting portions over. When I did plots that way, the seed sat in the ground safe and sound until the rain came. In ‘12 the rain didn’t come until the first week of November and cereals and clover both came on like gangbusters. I’m assuming it’s entirely different with t&m. I took a pic today at the Massey. The only thing growing in the plot area right now is chicory, and the only place chicory is thriving is where I planted a fall plot conventionally two years ago. So, I think I will put in a small area conventionally, that I sprayed a couple months ago, throwing all the seed varieties. On the t&m areas, I’ll hold off like you guys suggest. I just hope when it finally decides to rain, it rains consistently at least for a while.
    Here’s a pic of the chicory I mentioned…
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    I’ve planted in dust before but I don’t like to. I pulled some soil samples a week or so ago and there was moisture about 2.5” to 3” down. My greatest fear is my wheat will germinate and then die from lack of moisture. I’m holding off until the middle of October unless it rains. If it hasn’t rained by then I’m planting anyway.
     

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