I’m going through the big D and don’t mean Dallas! This was once a famous country music line, and this fall it holds true for most food plotters, except the big D stands for DROUGHT! Across much of the US, we are dealing with a painfully dry forecast with NO rain in sight. What rain chances we have are short in duration and aren’t high percentage odds. So, what should you do if you are in the fall planting window with no rain in sight? My suggestion is to forget about the calendar and wait for the forecast to improve.
It’s no secret that predicting the weather is not an exact science. There might be a better chance of rain in 3 weeks, so let’s not throw in the towel on planting just yet. Also, we have a trump card in our pocket, and that is the power of Amazin’ Grains. Amazin’ Grains is a mixture of Cereal Rye, Forage Oats, Winter Wheat, Triticale, and Winter Peas. It can be hunt-ready in as little as 2 weeks from the plant date. So, if your bow opener is mid-September or early October, you still have plenty of time to get a crop growing.
The above paragraph is all fine and dandy if we do catch some timely rain toward the end of the growing season, but many plotters, me included, are wondering, what if it doesn’t rain? What if you are the unlucky area that has an extended severe drought and there is no rain in the forecast continually for the next month and a half? Well, here’s an experiment I’m trying with my plots that haven’t been planted, and I’m not going in completely blind here, so hear me out.
My friend Thomas Mlsna of The Untamed Ambition did an interesting experiment last year using cereal rye and turnips soaking seeds in water prior to planting. Thomas wanted to know germination rates with different lengths of soak. He found that soaking seeds in water for 6 hours had a better result in terms of germination than soaking seeds for 24 hours.