I sometimes ask farmers this question:
Which is worse?
To have drought or excess moisture ruin your fledgling crop not long after planting?
To have a terrific crop ruined by hail or other natural disaster shortly before harvest?
I get two basic answers. Some people say they’d rather have disaster strike right away; that way, they don’t get their hopes up. Other people say they’d rather have last-minute disaster; that way, they get some satisfaction from watching the crop develop.
Personally, I’d prefer early disaster. But either way, of course, the result is the same.
Like other Upper Midwest aggies, I’m not giving up on the 2017 crop in areas stressed by inadequate moisture. Like you, I’m hoping for a few timely rains.