The big chill will force adjustments

A farmer in northern North Dakota told me today that he doesn’t expect to be in his fields until the third or even fourth week of May. His area has been so cold in April that the snow cover hasn’t melted as it normally does.

Over the past month, the average temperature in his area was 24 degrees, compared with the normal average temperature of 41 degrees in the same period, according to the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network. No wonder the snow hasn’t melted.

The  farmer is pragmatic about the cold month. His attitude, a healthy and necessary one, is that we have to adjust to whatever Mother Nature sends our way.

Delayed planting will be common across the Upper Midwest this spring. May and early June, I’m afraid, will require a lot of adjusting by area farmers.

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