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Weather has not been cooperative this week. I missed out on the heavy rains forecast for this past Saturday and Sunday, however the forecast winds were on target. Sundays winds were 30-35 mph gusting to 50 mph. This wind event lasted more than 18 hours. Monday – Thursday this week winds have been a bit calmer, only reaching 20-25 mph during day light hours and dropping off to around 10 to 15 mph at night. Humidity levels have remained low both day and night.
Soil moisture has quickly dropped from a plant stressing 0.46% at 4 inches to 0.22% as of this afternoon. Agricultural experts say “Most plants experience water stress when less than 0.50% of the maximum plant available water remains in the active root zone.”
I have been watering using a slow drip style. Watering trees and vines using this slow drip method allowing the water to run 1 hour on each plant, however I think the warm dry winds and the dry soils are wicking away and evaporating the water faster than I can apply water to my stressing plants.
I’m hoping this is not the start of our next drought. Our last drought lasted 5 years beginning in the fall of 2005 and ending in the spring of 2011.
I have received a meager 1-1/4 inches of rain in the past 50 or 60 days.
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