It was a rainy Saturday afternoon in the spring of 2012. I was waiting in line at a convenience store. The guy ahead of me complained about the rain ruining his weekend. I said something about the moisture being good for farmers. The guy looked at me in amazement, as if I were crazy or foolish or both.
I’ve always paid close attention to the weather and how it affects farmers. I suppose that goes with being a farm kid and an agricultural journalist.
But now I’m perplexed. Do I hope for a dry winter that helps area livestock producers? Or do I hope for a snowy winter? Moisture from the snow wouldn’t break the drought, of course, but experts say it would help to “prime the pump” for more rain next spring and summer.
There’s one thing I’m sure of: I won’t speak up when people in line at the convenience store complain about snow. I’m pretty sure they won’t be impressed by the priming the pump argument.