Knowing you have no control in a situation can be daunting. It's not the normal way I like things to roll in my life. I like having a say so and help in making the decisions. So when mother nature decides to go on a waterworks kick and grace the Midwest with inches and inches of rain - you learn to make adjustments to your plans. One of the many lessons from this spring I can take with me is always have a backup plan. Even if that backup plan is to have no plan at all.
This past week I have been on the road a lot. Driving between Iowa to Illinois to Nebraska - yes in that order - I saw many of the crops. I have to say, the planting around the Midwest is just about as bipolar as Mother Nature. Driving through Iowa, most of the fields were planted, if not all were at least worked over. As I headed into Illinois, only a few of the fields looked like they were worked - while I had a hard time telling if they were being planted or replanted.
Not more than a few miles from the Iowa/Illinois border, fields were turned into lakes and rivers. I am surprised I didn't see farmers out there with fans and shop vacs trying to dry out the fields.
Trekking back through Iowa - storms were brewing all around me. They followed me to Southeast Nebraska where I spent a few days with family. Luckily, farmers in that area had most of their crops in the ground. Every day I was at the farm, there was a 30% chance of rain. As I looked outside at the monsoon, I thought more like 30% chance it's going to stop.
Once the rain had stop, my dad and I went for a drive to check the fields. Corn is coming through and looking good. Pastures are greening up and starting to lay down in the bottoms. And the alfalfa, one field is laying down while the other 7 acres is cut and getting rained on. The rain gauge read 2.5 inches in about a 3-4 hour span. What do you do.
Back in Iowa, farmers in the area were lucky to get their corn planted. The fields that were planted before the May 1 snowstorm are in a craps shoot. A few made it through the snow, but the fields that were planted hours before the storm hit aren't looking so good. Beans on the other hand - are yet to be touched for some. And what was planted for beans will have to be torn up and replanted.
This is where that lack of having control comes into play. Control goes out the window and patience is being challenged. Mother Nature: 1; Farmers: 0.