Spring, planting and baseball

When I was a little kid, I sometimes wondered which was more important: the start of spring planting or the start of another major league baseball season.

Now, as an agricultural journalist, I give the nod to planting. My professional life revolves around agriculture, and ag remains a big deal in my personal life, too.  Sadly, spring is coming late to much of Agweek country this year, and planting will be delayed.

Fortunately, the new major league baseball ┬áseason is starting on schedule. The Minnesota Twins — still the favorite team on the Northern Plains, even in the era of cable TV — begin their season Monday afternoon.

There’s reason for long-term optimism about the Twins; they have some highly promising prospects in the minor leagues. The big league team, however, is short on talent and most likely will struggle badly this season

I have no special insight into 2013 crop prospects on the Northern Plains. Like you, I know that success will hinge on when farmers get into their fields, on whether they receive timely rains this growing season and whether Mother Nature cooperates during harvest. That’s a lot to ask for. Nonetheless, I’m more optimistic about 2013 crops than I am about the 2013 Twins.

If you’re an aggie and a Twins fan, drop me a line and let me know what you think.

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