Got my plots in this weekend, now torrential rain!

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  1. John D

    John D Member

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    Just busted my hump all weekend to plant my 2 acres of plots and an acre of grass around my house in northeast Ohio. Today it's storming like crazy. I'm afraid I'm going to lose most of my seed. I did roll everything but it's definitely washing. Anyone have experience with getting crazy rain after seeding? Everything got rolled last night before the rain. Planted an area with white clovers and oats, and another area with brassicas and rye. Wonder if I should try to overseed or wait to see what germinates. It is getting pretty late for Ohio plots. FML!
     
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    That sucks but I think I would wait---how far did the seed wash? 3 feet? 300 yards? If there is any slope at all it probably washed most or all away but if it's flat land you might be ok.
     
  3. Elkaddict

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    I would wait and see. I planted brassicas a couple years in advance of a forecasted 1/2ā€ and we got 5ā€+. Crop turned out much better than I would have imagined.
     
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    My first plot in NC went in 24 hours before a 12ā€ soaker (2018 hurricane). I dumped a lot of seed on that plot and most of it stuck around even on a pretty good slope. Broadcasted, no rolling or packing.


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  5. Mennoniteman

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    The other day my son quipped "dad's planting something, it's going to give another washout". Rained out plantings are a fact of life, but it's rare that you lose more than a few patches. Like the other guys said, wait and see what comes up. Broadcasting more seed over the obvious areas would be one option.
     
  6. Drycreek

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    I planted three plots today also, but Iā€™m hoping for some more rain. The moisture was just about optimum IMO, but I never turn down some more where I live.

    As to the question, I would wait and see.
     
  7. John D

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    I ended up buying a bag of whitetail institute clover and broadcasting the seed over the entire area. It's hard to tell what washed and what didn't. I'm not sure if areas have too much clover seed will hurt anything, but I really need to get this plot going. The rain was Monday and I'm already starting to some clover popping out of the ground. I was going to roll everything again after broadcasting the seed today but I'm worried I'll ruin the clover starting to come up. We are supposed to get some rain this weekend and the dew has been dropping at night.

    Should I roll/cultipack or will I do more damage than good since some areas are starting to grow already?
     
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    The rain could also have pounded the soil that dries with an impenetrable crust.

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    If it's already starting to grow I believe I'd consider letting good enough alone.
     

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