Cool breezy dry air and a lack of commensurate rain from September to December has pulled a lot of the moisture from the ground. One might ask “Who cares, you are not in the growing season anyway”. The problem is that when we reach the growing season in April, the root system must have a supply of water to get things started. The more stored water there is, the quicker and healthier the spring stands will be. So we irrigate what we can, and hope that the pattern changes for the rest of the farm. There is really nothing worse than a dry-soil spring. The grass gets off to a poor start and never really recovers. Our toughest years are those which start out dry in the fall and continue into winter.
Too early to tell, but we have had some hope-inspiring rain in January. It’s never too late, so pray for it to continue.