Minnesota Farmer


Snow, rain and cold
April 19, 2011, 2:57 pm
Filed under: cold, Corn, Farm, Minnesota, planting, rain, seasons, snow, Soybeans, spring, weather | Tags: , , , , , ,

Today’s weather is snowy with cold rain, not exactly corn planting weather.  Although the calendar says it is time to begin planting corn, area weather is not right.  A trip around the area will show fields that are partly or completely under water, and even some deep snow in some not so sheltered areas.  This is not the kind of weather we want this time of year.

One of the advantages of having lived in one area your whole life is you have a weather reference from the past.  This is not the first time I have encountered wet conditions in the spring, and it may not be the last.  That perspective of years makes me a little less anxious about the weather today.  I know we will get the chance to plant eventually.

For most of my life we have been able to plant our entire crop in about a weeks time.  We are not the only farmers who can get the job done so quickly, most northern area farmers know they must get the job done when they can.  Bad weather can stop farm work so quickly.

So what do you do to preserve your sanity when the weather turns bad?  Find another job that you can do is my answer.  There is always something to do on the farm and it is time to do it.  If the weather turns really bad it’s best to move indoors to a hobby.  You’ve got to have something to take your mind off of the sound of falling rain.

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