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Welcome rain too late for most winter annuals

I woke up to the sound of rain on the roof and I smiled because there is no more welcome sound after a long dry spell.  But will the rain be helpful for farmers trying to find grazing for their cattle?  Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA pasture specialist, put out a note about this yesterday in advance of the rain.  The short answer is that it is probably too late to put out any seed for winter annuals because we are so late in the season that even if they start growing, they will probably get cut off by frost.  Dr. Hancock says putting out seed so late is VERY RISKY!  You can read his discussion about the pros and cons of late-planted forage at