A tale of two farmers

I talked today with two farmers in the region who were hammered by the recent blizzard.

One is discouraged. His immediate area already had excess snow and faced delayed planting. Now, because all the new precipitation, he doesn’t expect to start planting for at least a month. The outlook for his 2013 crops has dimmed.

The other farmer is excited. His immediate area was dangerously dry and the recent snow, when it melts, will sink in and provide badly needed soil moisture. The outlook for his 2013 crops is considerably brighter than it had been.

If you’re a farmer who needed moisture and got some, congratulations. If you’re a farmer who received unwanted precipitation, my condolences.

Either way, it’s yet another reminder that “spring” on the Northern Plains can both aggravate and exhilarate, sometimes simultaneously.

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