Seeding depth in dry soils: Early May versus late May strategy

In areas with dry top soil conditions, growers often wonder whether to seed deeper to chase moisture. This approach differs based on the date and typical rainfall patterns.

Early May: Seeding deep enough to reach moisture is not necessary in late April and early May, and may create more harm than good. The recommendation to seed no deeper than 1” still applies. Read more.

Late May: The situation changes with the warm soils of late May. Seeding deeper than recommended to hit moisture will hasten germination and crop establishment in fields where the top 1” is too dry to allow germination and emergence. When seeding to reach moisture, place seed at the top of the moisture and pack well to prevent further moisture loss. Read more.