Much of the region’s snow has melted, and hopes of a “normal” start to planting are, ever so slowly, beginning to grow.
Of course, as everyone involved with agriculture in this part of the world knows, getting a handle on “normal” isn’t easy. Two years ago, planting began gloriously early. Last year, it began miserably late and stretched out, for some producers, into early July. I don’t know what’s normal anymore; nobody does.
Given that, area farmers are understandably reluctant to make predictions about when they might start planting this year. Nonetheless, we’re all hoping this spring will be more like the spring of 2012 than the spring of 2013.
Any thoughts on when planting will start in your area? If so, drop me a line.