Warmer conditions needed for planting

Weather in the Wyobraska region has been consistently inconsistent this winter. From frigid temperatures, to windy days, followed by a few days of warmer than normal conditions.

In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, University of Nebraska Interim Associate Director Jim Schild says the cold, snowy weather has set the region up for a good growing season.

With cold weather returning every three to four days, the panhandle's soil temperatures are running below normal. With panhandle soil temps averaging below 40 degrees, Schild says the the cold weather has held back weed growth so far.

The first crop to be planted will be yellow field peas. As a cool season crop field peas will germinate at 40 degrees. Schild says recommends holding off planting until the weather and soil temperatures can be maintained at at least 40 degrees for a week before planting.

Similarly, sugarbeet growers shouldn't rush to get this year's crop planted until the weather straightens out with soil temperatures at least in the mid-40's. By waiting til soil temperatures get warmer, he says seeding emergence is a lot quicker and there are fewer seedling diseases. Soil temperatures need to be over 50 degrees for planting corn.

With temperatures in the 50s and 60s for the next two weeks another growing season will be started before you know it.

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