Politicians, at least the ones challenging an incumbent, are fond of asking voters if they’re better off than they were four years earlier.
I’m not a politician, thank goodness. But I’ll ask the same basic question of Upper Midwest farmers and ranchers:
After our recent rainy stretch, are you better off than you were 10 days ago?
Most area aggies, I think, will answer yes. The new moisture, though excessive in places, was needly badly to recharge dry fields and pastures. Yeah, the rain put planting on hold, but planting had been well of ahead of schedule and the delay is OK.
If you’re worse off than you were 10 days ago — if you received too much rain or were hurt by freezing temperatures — drop me a line.
Now, it’s the stretch run for planting. A week or so of dry, sunny weather should get us close to the finish line.