April 5th, 2018
Current soil temperature is 33 degrees in Omaha, NE. Far below the ten-year average soil temperature for April 5th, in Omaha, NE at 49.6 degrees. For those itching to plant, It’s important to adjust your timeline when the soil temperature is so low. Remember the goal is to provide yield, and with the cold soil, the seed may not germinate. Even if the seed germinates in the cold soil, it may not be strong enough to develop properly leaving it susceptible to disease.
Yes, planting may be delayed. However, there is nothing to worry about as soil temperatures are still heading in the right direction. It’s important to be patient and continue to prepare for optimal growing conditions. If you’re getting anxious and want to plant; insert a probe into the soil and check your local ground conditions: two inches for early season crops and four inches for warmer season crops. Once the recommended temperatures are consistent for more than three days, it should be safe to plant.
Environmental factors such as temperature, light, pH, and soil moisture are known to affect seed germination. Temperatures for germination are dependent on the type of plants you are trying to grow. Linked here is a short list of some plants and their optimal planting range.
Remember: “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later” Og Mandino.
For information about soil testing, please reach out to Stacie Nelson at 402.829.9840