Saturday, March 3, 2012


MichiganSnowPony, over on YouTube, pointed out that the USDA has changed the way they are doing the planting zones so people need to really go check their new zones ...

See their interactive map here

I had not seen this yet in any of the ag related news sources I get yet so it must still be new news!

I go to Jordan's here soon for our seed order so I will have to ask if they've heard the news as well ... And take photos too - they are such a quaint place!

What has happened is the USDA decided to narrow the planting zones by 10degree increments - pulling in new data from recent (blundered) temp info from these last few decades they have narrowed things down ...

For instance my state USED to have 3 zones ... The majority of it was zone 4, next was zone 3, and two small splatterings of zone 2

Now they have changed it to range from zones 3b to 5a ... It isn't that we've gotten any warmer, it's jut that by splitting things up first many states will suddenly LOOK warmer than they were before - some will actually look cooler too since they also changed the COLOR system

Compare the photos - starting with the old system (from website) to the main new USDA chart to the new charts for our 5 state region plus a couple of extra states which have always fascinated me ...

Dang - this app won't let me rearrange the way the photos are coming up

The old chart is made of dark toned colors - the newer chart is more blues & purples ... Texas is large enough to be split into two halves ...

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