Minnesota Farmer


Topsy-Turvy weather
April 29, 2017, 5:59 pm
Filed under: cold, Corn, Farm, forecast, Minnesota, planting, snow, spring

The warm weather earlier this spring convinced me that spring was here to stay.  I went to work refilling my stack of wood and settled in for the warm weather we expect in spring.100_3113

Unfortunately I did not keep access to some of the dryer wood.  Now the weather has turned cold, with freezing temperatures in the morning and a forecast of snow for Sunday.  That has left me scavenging burnables and searching for dry wood in tree lines. All of this in a time the calendar says I should be planting corn.

Many of my neighbors used the previous warm weather to plant corn.  I looked at the weather forecast, checked soil temperatures, looked for barn swallows and tree leaves and decided to wait.  I’m not sure how much damage is happening out there in that cold wet ground, but I was not going to chance it.  I was not the only one, with many a planter sidelined waiting for needed warmth.

Now the forecast is for snow and two more days of cold.  Then the weather reports says spring will be here.  If the warm comes as predicted, it looks like I’ll be starting planting this Thursday of Friday, two weeks after those early go getters started putting their corn in the ground.  If it will make any difference I do not know.  I just know I am happier for having waited.



Unpredictable as weather
June 11, 2015, 6:04 pm
Filed under: forecast, rain, weather | Tags: , ,

Well, yesterday’s blog shows just how hard it is to predict the weather.  We were forecast to get inches and got just a few tenths of rain.  All of the heavy stuff moved east and south.  Now it’s not as if we really needed more rain, we’re doing very well on that front, thank you.  It’s just that those folks east and south of us are already under flood conditions.  Oh well.

There has been a steady drip here.  It’s just wet enough that being outside means you get wet.  Try to wear a jacket to keep off the rain and your sweat makes you just as wet as if you had not worn a jacket.  Really soggy out there.

So the moral of the story, If the weatherman says it is going to do something, it will usually do something else.  What a job.