I am fortunate to live where I do when it's dry. 3/4" deep to germinate is nothing unusual. Most times 1/4" in canola or wheat and it's up. Never worry much about it being dry after winter here. Sledders paradise but also a quad mud boggers dream most yrs. Rain is something I get to much of, more than not enough of. 4" in 15 min one rain last yr. Hail to go with on 20% of my acres. Canola suffered bad where the heavy rain hit and yield was below 20 on those acres from constantly being wet. Where the rain missed 55 bu. Always enough rain here to keep your average painfully low. It can get dry but not what some consider dry. My neighbor arrived here from Oyen a few yrs back purchasing a 1/4 with a house. I said it's dry to him and he said huh? The grass doesn't crunch under your feet and is green. It isn't dry lol.