Watching the mercury

Early frosts are one of the banes of Upper Midwest agriculture. Frost too soon steals yields, hurts quality and cripples profits.

Many fields were planted unusually late this spring, so an early frost this fall would do even more damage than normal. The signs so far, fortunately, indicate that we’ll make it through September without a hard, killing frost.

A question for veteran farmers and weather-watchers: Do you remember other years when a frost-free September was as important as it is now? If so, drop me a line and let me know.

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