Crops need time to catch up

Baseball great Satchel Paige had a wonderful line about age: “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

My question is along the same lines: “If you didn’t have a calendar, what time of year would you say this is?”

Well, just judging by crop progress, I’d have to say late May or early June. To farmers who day after day have battled miserable planting conditions, it probably seems like July.

The reality is, it’s mid June, and crops generally are far less advanced than they should be. Timely rains are needed. So is plenty of heat; temperatures in the low 80s would be ideal.

The other reality is, we’re going to need a warm, late fall to give crops the time they need to develop properly.

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