Thursday, May 15, 2008
Hang around farmers long enough and you hear these kinds of expressions:
"Rain makes grain."
"Plant in the dust, bins bust."
"Plant in the dust, crop's a bust."
One of these old saws kicks off an Agriculture Online blog entry by Minnesota farmer John Pfaffinger:
"Plant in the mud, your crop is a dud. Well, the farmers here are going to test out the theory. Saw many going today in terrible soil conditions. I saw 2 stuck planters and 1 stuck digger. Several leaving mud holes as well. So it is late going in cold wet soils and today it was 25 degrees below normal....48 degrees when I was working outside late this afternoon."
Farmers across the nation are concerned about the status of planting, and of crop emergence. And a big majority wonder if the markets are adequately reflecting the impact of the weather, according to a new Agriculture Online poll. Take the poll and add your own comments.