Finally the weather has ‘improved’ enough for us to start seeding – hasn’t warmed up that much (daytime highs around 10-13C) but at least the overnight lows are closer to freezing rather than the -5 to -8 we had all last week and this past weekend.
The delayed start allowed us to soft start last week and make sure all the drills and equipment were functioning properly – there’s always a few things that need to be tweaked or repaired that were not caught during the preseason inspection.
One thing that’s different this season is the lack of field prep work that we need to do. All the fields were harrowed last fall and with the drier conditions we don’t need to harrow in advance of the seeder. There are also no wet spots to cultivate and dry out….that equates to a lot less fuel being burned and hours put on equipment.
Forecast is still calling for cooler temperatures and drier conditions for the foreseeable future. For now the seed is going into moisture and will have enough to get established. We will need rain later this month to keep potential from dropping.