Plant Something in that Hole! 6/6/17
The timing, amount and lack of infiltration repelled rainfall into depressed pockets. Since it was getting late, many farmers planted the dry parts of a field and left the low parts unplanted.
The May 17/18 rains moved a lot of soil into these depressed pockets filling any kind of soil void which will further impede drainage.
If these wet holes are not planted to cash crop, they need to be planted to something which will penetrate the deposited dirt, tie the profile back together and feed organisms which will work to get the structure re-established to create a path for water infiltration.
Herbicide may be a problem. Base your planting decision on what you find volunteering around July 1. If you see broadleaf plants lean toward clovers, buckwheat, beans, sunflower, flax, cowpeas, radish, rapeseed, turnip.
If grass is volunteering on July 1, plant sorghum, millet, corns, oats, barley, rye, wheat.
Since you don’t know what will succeed, sow multiple species to spread the risk.
Call Lois for details on the Fulton SWCD cover crop program 574-223-2330 ext 3 by mid June. Call me if I can help from the technical side.