“It will soon be springtime. What do readers need to be planting in upcoming days?”

“We will be transitioning out of winter shortly so livestock producers need to start thinking about top dressing their hay fields and pastures with fertilizer in March and April. Also, if anyone is thinking about planting warm season grasses for hay or pasture now is the time to buy seed and start making a plan to sow those grasses in the spring time. Warm season grasses are a great way to increase yields for hay production, and the amount of forage material available for grazing.”

Clint Carty

Caswell County Livestock Extension

“Although we may have an occasional warm day, we can expect some more frosty nights and mornings still to come; for six more weeks if the groundhog is to be believed. With that being said, don't get too eager with your tomato plants before winter has truly ended. If you are starting to get the bug to garden, flipping through a few seed catalogs will be sure to stoke your gardening fire and inspire you. You can also use this time to plan and research some of the problems you may have encountered last season. This is also a great time to learn about your soil and how best to build fertility. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to get in contact with our office and we would be glad to assist you."

Daniel Ostrowski

Agriculture/Horticulture Extension Agent

“This is the Estimated Planting Dates for Piedmont North Carolina.  These crops can be planted between February 15 and April 15: Spinach , Beets, Lettuce, Radish, Peas, Potatoes, Broccoli, Onions and  Carrots. But make sure to protect the plants when the temperature reaches freezing with a cover or put them inside if it's in a container.”

Anass Mollah Banna

 Small Farms Agent

“January and February are good times to start annual and perennial bedding plants indoors in trays to transplant in April and May.  Petunia are good easy plants to start indoors in germination trays. If started late February will be blooming and ready to transplant to beds in early May to give color to your yards.”

Travis Hoesli

Caswell County Extension Director