Early Season Update

Well, I took a guess on my last post that the GDDs were going to be off this year. For Southern WI, at least, I’d like to retract that. The picture below shows the Forsythia right outside my office in full bloom, with soil temps around 55 F and the GDD model says we are in prime time for crabgrass prevention – so all is well there. The 15 day forecast shows highs in the 70s all this week, and then dropping to the 60s and 50s for next week. These temperatures will not put a damper on the current green-up and bloom. That puts us into April, where cold temperatures are not likely to linger very long if they even show up. I’m not sure what’s going on in Northern WI, but it looks like Southern WI will have an entire month longer growing season this year.


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