Turn down the music, it’s not yet time to rock ‘n’ roll

A farmer I know uses the term “rock ‘n’ roll” for getting really busy during planting and harvest. “It’s time to rock ‘n’ roll,” he says when planting and harvest heat up.

A week ago, many area farmers had high hopes of starting to plant in earnest by early May. The snow was gone, and weather forecasts were encouraging. Almost time to rock ‘n’ roll, I thought. I could picture the band warming up and the crowd filing in.

But the past few days have been cool and wet, and at least a few more such days are expected. Planting has been delayed already and almost certainly will be put off a little longer. There’s no cause for major concern, but the safety margin this growing season is dwindling.

(What happened with the previous forecasts? I dunno. Let’s just say that the forecasters, like the rest of us, are fallible.)

I’m not a fan of rock ‘n’ roll. I’ll go with Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Tom T. Hall and George Jones every time. But I’d sure like to see some rock ‘n’ roll in area fields.

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