About this time of year, my husband and I get asked a certain question on a daily basis from colleagues, friends, neighbors, etc.
How do your crops look?
Typically in agriculture, we call this the growing season. I think it's the hardest part about a farmer's job.
Seed is in the ground. Pesticide and fertilizer have been applied.
Then, it's time to watch the crops grow.
What makes this the hardest part about farming is the unknown. We don't know how much or how little rain we'll get over the course of the summer. We don't know if once the seed is planted, we will have a late frost. What kind of storms will we get? Will our crops have hail or wind damage? What about insects and fungus? Will there be a weed that takes over?
It's all up to nature.
I think this spring and summer have been exceptionally hard on our local farmers here in Northern Indiana. Four years ago we had no rain. This year we have way too much rain. Too much rain could be just as bad as not enough ironically.