Area livestock producers seem to have avoided major problems from the late March/early April snowstorms that hit parts of the Upper Midwest. Now, producers are hoping to avoid a protracted battle with the elements.
April 2013 provided a nightmarish example of what happens when nature turns nasty for an extended period. Heavy snows and unusually cold temperatures throughout the month made calving and lambing a misery for some producers. Here’s a link to my Agweek story that ran in early May last year: http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/20857/.
It’s hard for me to believe this spring will be as bad. The odds must be strongly against two back-to-back miserable springs. Still, all of us who live on the Northern Plains know just how fickle and unpredictable the weather can be.