Are Cool August Temps ‘normal’?

Like many of you, I’ve given up trying to figure out what’s “normal” weather in the Upper Midwest. In the past few years we’ve had such erratic weather — early springs, late springs, droughts, wet spells — that “normal” seems to have become merely the middle point of extremes.

Now, much of the region is experiencing a long stretch in which daily highs reach only into the 70s. Decide for yourself if that’s normal or not; I’ve quit trying to figure out such things. But I do know the cool weather isn’t good for crops that need warmer temperatures to develop properly.

I was in northwest Minnesota recently and talked with a number of agriculturalists who mentioned that their crops need more heat. You can read the story in the Aug. 12 issue of Agweek.