Have to say that from my observations today I am going to keep my plantings lower on the hill. In a first year hot/dry situation, being a little higher on the hill they are just not as likely to survive.
Also observed that single rake/scatter just does not get the seeds deep enough for them to endure a hot/dry summer.
Might work OK for you guys up north but not down here in Southern Middle TN.
Double Rake and Scatter works much better but is a little more work.
Hankins Method works much better (but MAN is a lot more work).
Any method that would get the seeds planted around 1\" deep should work much better in the south.
I am going to look seriously at using a planting stick and doing some single hole making, poke a hole and plant a seed, type planting this fall. No doubt that would be slower but I think you would get very good results, and a more wild like planting.
Hope you guys are having good luck with your growing.