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.