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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • April showers bring May flowers

  • It seems each day when I look at my phone to see what the weather is predicted to be, it turns out to be the opposite. Only the weatherman can be wrong that many times and still keep his/her job. How does that work?

     


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  • It seems each day when I look at my phone to see what the weather is predicted to be, it turns out to be the opposite. Only the weatherman can be wrong that many times and still keep his/her job. How does that work?
    March was so unseasonably warm, we forget we really are in the early stages of spring in April. And, with that should come some rain to add much needed moisture to the lawns and fields.
    Many farmers are just itching to get into the field because of said warm weather.
    From what I understand, the dilemma is  whether to wait for some rain or go ahead and plant, praying for rain soon after planting is complete.
    It is almost mid-April and we have yet to experience a good soaking rain and a thunderstorm. We tend to forget how much control Mother Nature likes to have over such things. One day it will start to rain and the shutoff valve won’t turn off. 
    I don’t pretend to know a whole lot about farming, but I do understand it is one of the few occupations where you are dependant on just about everything for your livelihood. The weatherman is not always the best predictor about what will take place in the next five to seven days.
    Farmers depend on just the right amount of moisture, just the right amount of sunshine, than again, just the right amount of moisture and just the right amount of sunshine. Do you see the pattern here? They take a gamble every time they plant a crop, raise livestock or market grain.
    The average farmer is not an uneducated person. He needs to know costs of that crop from planting to harvesting. Once he has that figured out, he needs to know his revenue needed in sales to not only cover those costs, but to carry him through to the next season. If he has looked at everything, he will have enough to cover what is needed and a little more for the unforseen.
    Thought for the week: There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning. – Christopher Morley.
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