As we enter the winter season, it’s time to switch gears and prepare for colder temperatures and harsher weather conditions. According to The 2023 Old Farmer’s Almanac, half of the U.S. will experience a very cold winter while the other half experiences a fairly mild winter. We refer to the Farmer’s Almanac year-round to offer knowledgeable advice and seed product recommendations to farmers, ranchers, and growers.
For the majority of the western half of the U.S., we can expect more rain and above-normal temperatures. For much of the Midwest and East Coast, we can expect record-breaking cold temperatures and above-average snowfall.
Regional Weather Predictions
Below is a look at weather predictions in our surrounding areas.
Region 11: Texas-Oklahoma
Weather: Winter will be colder than normal, with the coldest periods in early to mid-January and early to mid-February.
Precipitation: Below-average precipitation.
Snow: Above-average snowfall. The best chances for snow are in mid to late January and early February.
Region 12: High Plains
Weather: Winter will be colder than normal, with the coldest periods in late November, early December, early and late January, and early and late February.
Precipitation: Above average in the north and below average in the south.
Snow: Above normal in the north and below normal in the south. The snowiest periods will be in mid to late November, mid to late January, and early February.
Region 14: Desert Southwest
Weather: Winter will be warmer than normal. The coldest periods will be in late November, mid- and late December, and mid-January.
Precipitation: Above average precipitation.
Snow: Snowfall will be below normal in most areas that normally receive snow, with the snowiest periods in early to mid-January and early February.
Prepare Your Farm for Winter Weather
For those in agriculture, winter is our time to review the previous year and prepare for the upcoming year. Setting aside time for winter farm prep allows space for equipment repairs, reviewing finances, soil management, and planning so that your ag operation is set up for success in the coming year.
To protect your land and prevent erosion, you can plant cover crops that can endure harsh winter conditions. Some additional benefits of winter cover crops include:
- Supplying nitrogen
- Reducing weeds
- Providing nectar and pollen for beneficial insects
- Managing soil-borne diseases
Prepare for 2023 with Curtis and Curtis Seed Company
As you start planning for the upcoming planting season, be sure to take advantage of our free consultations to speak with one of our Cultivation Experts. Our team has decades of experience supporting farmers and ranchers across the U.S. to prepare for successful planting projects. From land restoration to cash crops to pasture grass, we’ve got you covered with the highest quality grass seed and custom seed blends.
Ready to start planning your crops for 2023? Place your orders today and schedule your delivery date for when the weather warms up or you finally have the storage space available.