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No, had planned on starting on Fri, my neighbours and your buddies are pretty happy they have lots in.
Your neighbors crop will come up the same time as yours and yours will be more even. Extra moisture probably gives some leeway on seeding shallower now too, extra bonus. :eek:k:
 

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Have turned any dirt yet. Got 7" of snow yesterday into this morning. Mostly melted, another day or 2 and it'll be gone. Low of 22F here tonight. Maybe will be going by end of this week.
 

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Trying some of that frost seeding wheat Pete is always talking about.

Does anyone have experience with how fall rye handles three nights of -8 or lower? Lots of people tell me it is tough as nails, but it’s hard to imagine anything in 3-4 leaf taking that sort of abuse.

We've never grown it ourselves, so take this for what it's worth. A guy near us has grown it almost every year for as long as I have been alive, and I don't ever recall it dying off from a late frost, and my area gets late and hard frosts often.
 

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Why will the later crop be more even ?
Warmer soil. Around here the snow is melting slowly, meaning cold soil. Wind made drifts so right now some hillsides are bare and some drifts. Deep seeding amplifies this. Starting with an uneven crop means every subsequent field operation becomes harder to time properly.

So waiting until in a phase of good weather and continuous warming is ideal, unless of course it never rains. I get it that guys in your area would see this as a serious threat but in the last 20 years here I can think of 2 when we had to wait any amount of time for moisture to grow a crop.

Obviously hindsight is 20/20 but I chose to keep the seed in the bin and focus on field prep. Right now that looks like the right decision...unless it rains every few days for the next few weeks(which is more of a threat here). I've just noticed that the May crops always seem to be the best, hopefully things hold to the pattern and we get going in the next week or so. 4" of wet snow here much like whtbaron's pictures.
 

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Going to be a late start this year. With the cool temps and hard frosts every night this wk looks like it’s a right off. Doing a burnoff could get interesting. Maybe some of the weeds will take a hit. I’m sure all the chem companies are all gathering to go over what they are going to tell us why something didn’t work. Of course, it’s always our fault.
Wondering what is going to happen to any seed that has puffed up or even sprouted with these cold night time temps?
 

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Got going on the 2nd of April, had a good run and had some fall seeded crops in to speed up this spring, all finished off around the 20th, very dry by end but good some needed rains and snow this last week, ground temps were up to 12c before this last Artic front hit.. wheat, durum, peas out, waiting on chicks to submerge, but with frost last few nights, maybe a good thing.. about 1/2 guys done I would guess in area.. some waiting for Rain to start, and then the reg slow pokes.. could be another week before feilds are Ready to get back in.. good 1.5” rain and snow
 

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In South West Vic! Australia..have started and finished all the canola, will be doing all the lupins over the next few days. Then I will probably have to wait for rain to do cereals. Because rye grass is a massive issue so really need a good glyphosate knock down. The Sakura will handle the rest ???
 

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Why will the later crop be more even ?

I am thinking it might be due to the various levels of frost injury, tops of hills versus valleys and so on depending on where snowbanks sit? As an example, no snow insulation on hilltops might freeze the growth more severe there and so when plant starts over it will be behind the areas of the field insulated by snow on the ground - just a thought!
 

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Rye update:

Looking fairly perky and I think has actually grown since the snow. The night after the snow was -17. It didn’t have a terribly even snow cover.

That’s one hearty plant.
 

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Are they basing that yield estimate purely on plant stand?

Ours isn’t a terribly thick establishment but theres enough there that it will make a stand and is a long ways from judging yield.
 

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This is the first year I've ever had to seed around some snow drifts on a field. About 5 acres along the edge under 6" of snow still. The odd place out in the middle of the field with an inch of snow. Despite sunshine it's not in a hurry to melt. I thought the ground was fairly warm before the cold and snow hit, but I guess it wasn't that warm.

Spring wheat seeded nearly 10 days ago is not yet emerged. It has germinated, though, and has shoots about 1/2" long. So it's moving very slowly this year. Cold soil perhaps? Probably for the best this spring. Winter wheat is looking good despite the hard frosts after the snow. My neighbor's winter wheat planted mid to late October is looking pretty good also, albeit small. I'm not even sure his winter wheat emerged last fall.
 

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What variety of oats are you growing this year? Grew Camden for years but it seemed to struggle last year in the dry heat compared to other varieties in our area. Considering switching it up.
 
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