Soil Temperatures

Soil Temperatures

Soil temperatures:

At times this fall I have felt the winter crops just weren’t thriving as one might feel like they ought to be.  The sun was shining, moisture was adequate, and the air temperature was fairly moderate but the growth of the plants did not seem match those factors. They acted like they were cold and maybe they were.  According to the mesonet data the 2013 Oct. average soil temperature in our area was 2 degrees below the previous 10 year average for Oct.  The Nov. average was 4 degrees below.  So far, I would guess that the soil temperature for Dec. would be below normal by a significant margin.  So if you planted in late October or early November the plants development would be at a slower pace.  This would probably be even more so if you planted those plants in a no till situation as the residue would then act as an insulator and keeping cool soils cool, not allowing the sun’s warmth to penetrate

I copied the above from my last post.  The December of 2013 soil temperature came in at 3.1 degrees below the average of the previous ten years.  So the last 3 months soil temperatures have been 2, 4, and 3.1 degrees cooler than "normal". 

And it is showing.

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