Thursday, March 29, 2012
We only got .06 inches of rain so that is enough not to plant our heavy soil, let alone what I mentioned yesterday. The Farmers Almanac says seeds will rot planted today and tomorrow so I planted some to see if they would this year or not. I have done that in the past and I would say they have at least a 50% chance of rotting underground under these conditions.
Do you plant by the signs? I can't find hardly anyone who does. Every farmer or gardener I know plants when the soil conditions are right. They have been lately.
The signs use lunar gravity and other effects on the seed in the soil to maximize or reduce their growth. There are signs of good days to plant like next week and days when they are not, like today. I have watched the signs on cutting hair and weaning calves and they are pretty accurate so why shouldn't seedling germination be the same?
Most farms are built around speed and efficiency today so you plant when you can get over it and the weather forecast looks pretty favorable. Three inches of rain in the next three days is a big no-no but rarely predicted, and doesn't happen 50% of the time when it is.
The big thing this year is I noticed that seed and chemical companies are dragging their feet on delivery. They don't want you to make a mistake. They want you to do it once and do it right.
That is a good motto to have but probably a few million acres have been planted across the country and the grain merchants are dying to know what USDA will report tomorrow. If you look at their bids, they are thinking negative or bearish numbers.