The need for heat

There’s a scene in one of the many “Rocky” movies in which Mickey, Rocky’s crusty trainer, glares at the fighter and bellows that he needs more speed.

I can almost picture Upper Midwest farmers glaring at the sky and bellowing that they need more heat. As one farmer told me a few days ago, “Corn and beans need heat. And we haven’t been getting enough.”

The cool weather so common recently simply isn’t supplying the growing degree days that the two crops require to thrive. That needs to change.

In the movie, Mickey pleads for “demon speed.” Farmers don’t want demon heat, of course. But a stretch of consistently warmer temperatures would do wonders for their corn and soybeans.

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