Yesterday morning I got out and drove around the county. I noticed many farmers working hard to prep land for planting peanuts and cotton before the rain forecasted for the rest of this week!
By Monday many fields were dry enough to keep tractors standing in the field and move the soil. For the past seven days soil temperature has averaged in the mid to upper 70s above the recommended 68 degree temperature for planting. Temperatures will drop in the next few days, but I don’t see that being an issue. The low for the week, according to the National Weather Service, will be around 51-52 degrees. After this Friday we are projected to have warm weather, so this should help with germination and drying the soil. Unfortunately all this heavy rain could wash out newly planted fields and will of course further delay planting of other fields in peanuts and cotton.
We need the rain to hold up. Wet cool conditions could slow down germination and seedling disease is always a concern. Make sure you included a seed treatment if it’s not already there. Also, consider the use of an in-furrow or banded application (3-5 wks after planting) of Proline or Abound for the control of seedling diseases.