This is the latest spring we have ever not gotten into the field. Yes, records are for one thing and one thing only, to be broken. Patience has definitely been tested around here and we are trying to hold a positive spin on things. With everything ready to go we count the days until we run about 20 hours a day for as long as the body can take it. Our plans have somewhat changed in the order of what we are going to do, remember about plan B, well we are on plan D. With the time-frame of getting something of everything in the field right off the bat we are changing some of the fields that we were going to be planted later to earlier and vice versa. This is all done to alleviate some travel time and logistical issues being spread out over 20 miles. Our first priority is to be planting Sweet Corn, Cabbage, Green Beans and Nappa Cabbage. Once those crops are in, the sweet corn planter will plant the Indian Corn and Field Corn. If all goes right, we will move the cabbage crew (10 people) to transplant our pepper plants regarding that the weather has taken a turn for the better. I will keep you posted on the progress next month, hopefully we are more back to normal and warmer temperatures prevail.
I was going through some field notes over the past few weeks and a couple have stood out in my mind that surprised me:
April 30th 1951 – Blizzard in southern Minnesota
May 1st – 5th 1965 – Cold and rainy
April 30th 1984 – Snowed 6 inches
April 22nd 1988 – Cabbage transplants were covered up with snow, remember this was the drought year and one of the hottest on record.
May 6th – 11th 2002 – Rain all week and high of 50 degrees.
We survived these years, we will survive and learn to adapt this year. Good Luck!