Waiting for Spring
Spring is here, but you sure wouldn’t be able to tell by the weather. The perfect spring is the birds chirping, the daffodils are up, the sun is shining and it’s 70 degrees. But spring has certainly not been that for Michigan. Our weather has been in the 50’s with rain and strong winds. After the really hard winter we had, many people are very anxious for warm weather.
Many elderly people you talk to say we had the worst winter in history. The severity of the snow, the extra cold temperatures and the length all together has made it go down in history. And still, the cold, damp weather lingers.
Now farmers are starting to get stressed for a different reason – they can’t get in the fields. We haven’t had enough warmth and dryness to help the soil sufficiently warm up. The water temperature in Lake Michigan is mid 30’s and in Lake Superior, the water is still frozen. The soil needs to be at least 50 degrees for the seedcorn to germinate.
Right now, farmers are getting their equipment fine-tuned, maybe starting to work-up the fields, getting out their inventory of fertilizers, specialty sprays and seeds. There is also trimming of the tree lines and picking rocks that impede working the soil. You may not see fields being worked full-scale yet until we have some steady temps, but rest assured, farmers hitting the fields and planting will soon be quite the sight.
Long hours and lengthy days are ahead but we’re out there taking care of our land and keeping our community beautiful. Remember to slow down when you see the equipment moving down the roads. It will only take a few extra minutes. We want you to be safe, and to keep our farmers safe, as well.