They say time is money, in farming time is yield. In our area, planting too early can give as result in rotten seed, planting too late may not get you as much yield as you could otherwise have. Different seeds require different maturing times. In northern areas we choose shorter season seeds (seeds that require less time to mature). However, it is always a "gamble" how much sun or rain we will have, at what time intervals the rain will fall. What the temperatures will be and so on. Math precious records and statistics can help us as to the possibilities in the future; however, there are always exceptional conditions that will present a new challenge to farmers.
We have had an exceptional wet year, as I write this we have had in a couple of weeks a couple of days of sunshine, the rest has been as I call it "London type weather" Rain is something farmers look forward to because it saves us many "rounds" of watering with our pivots. I should add rain saves many thousands of dollars on the energy to pump the water, and on the motors for the pivot wheels, whether they are moved with electricity, natural gas, ethanol fuel or biodiesel.
|A hail damaged field hope the corn can still grow|
|One little corn seedling I could find|
|Close up of the hail holes|
|Tree damage from hail|
|The soil showed where hail hit.|
|Commenting with neighbor about the storm.|
When rain however is accompanied with severe weather as it is frequently in tornado alley where we live it can be very scary. This was the case when last week we had a severe thunderstorm with at least one spotted tornado that included baseball size and smaller hail stones. The next morning, we could still see damage in trees, alfalfa and in some of our corn. The water came so fast it rushed through some of the fields helped by the high winds. I had the chance to take some lower clouds that began a circulating motion... a bad sign. Thank God we did not have any human losses to speak of...