Winter 2017 Newsletter

After a wonderful fall planting season that proved to be nothing like the year before, it's time to start thinking about where you need to be heading into late winter. Continue reading this quarter's newsletter for advice and discussions on the weather forecast, how to time late season planting, and more. 

Long term weather forecast:

Following a gradual ease into winter with only several short spurts of rainfall, this season has more or less been a relatively dry one so far. However, professionals are calling for La Nina weather conditions to start building, caused by cooler than normal ocean water temperatures. These conditions create contrasting weather patterns of active storms and below average temperatures for the North, with a mild winter and above average temperatures for the South.

In studying the long term forecasts from several reliable weather sources, it's predicted that this means the clear skies and mild weather will continue into parts of January for Stockton and surrounding Central Valley areas. This month has also started to bring scattered showers and some rain, which will continue on and off into late winter, but both temperatures and rainfall levels should be close to the past years' averages. 


A Message for Silage Growers:

"In the fall, when choosing a small grain variety to plant, you have to think of what type of product you want to harvest in the spring. If the goal is to achieve high protein and get early corn in the ground, then there is no product better on the market than the BlueBale winter forage mixes.

BlueBale is a late maturing forage mix when chopped in the boot stage (this is the first stage just prior to heading out, the flag leaf is to full term but the awns and grain head are not visible). The protein percentage is at the highest during this time, making great feed for heifers. Protein numbers could be as high as 20%, while feed tonnage will be between 15-20 tons per acre.

Typically this chopping date will be late March to early April, giving you plenty of time to plant early corn in the spring. Getting early corn planted helps to have an established stand before the extreme heat of the summer, which could damage corn at an early stage of growth."

-Brandon Cole 
 Sales, Baglietto Seeds

What is frost and why is it dangerous?

As many farmers in the industry can tell you: timing is everything. Planting in the winter becomes the ultimate gamble when one is forced to consider multiple variables. Will there be enough rain? Will there be too much rain? And of course, when will the frost and cold temperatures have an effect?

Frost forms when temperatures drop below freezing, turning condensation (or dew) into ice crystals. A freeze occurs when temperatures drop below freezing but there isn't enough moisture in the air to form frost. Both are considered dangerous conditions as temperatures dip significantly below freezing since the water inside plant cells expands as it freezes, rupturing the cell wall and essentially killing the plant.  Plants with low winter hardiness in the emergence stage, like certain alfalfas, clovers and grasses, should avoid being planted too late in the season.

Grains (such as wheat, barley and oats) seem to handle the cold and later planting dates better, although yield will ultimately start to decrease regardless as time goes on. If you have a question about late season planting, feel free to ask us through our contact information presented at the very end of this newsletter.

And from all of us here at Baglietto Seeds...

We know how hard you've been working to get your soil ready and seed in the ground at just the right times, and we want to be the first to congratulate you on another successful planting season. 

So when the time comes for you to retire the seed drills and tractor rides until next season, we hope that you will find much peace and quality time for yourself and with loved ones. We wish everyone and their families a productive and a prosperous new year!

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