Snowfall in May

For the first time since 1917, it snowed in Bates County…in May! The snow came down last Thursday, May 6th, into Friday morning. It is said that the last significant snow in the Kansas City area was in 1907. That is a long time ago! This is not exactly good news for farmers in the area. It damaged wheat in certain areas. I was in Springfield when it snowed, and when I came home I had no idea why some of the wheat was laying like it was. In Springfield it only snowed enough to be annoying and cover vehicles so you have to scrape it off. There must have been more at home. Weather this year has been a big topic. One day it is cold. The next it rains. Then the day after it’s hot and you put shorts on. The next morning it’s snowing and you’re grabbing your winter coat. Got to love Missouri! The cattle are okay, but there has been so much moisture and not enough sun that the grass is mostly just water, and it is also slow to grow because of the cold weather. So, they could use some sunshine. Crops are also late getting in. There hasn’t been a long enough break between rains to get any in. It is ideal to get corn planted April through May, and to plant beans middle May through June. We are yet to start either, and the farmers are getting a little antsy. While waiting for planting time back home, cattle are being worked, thistles are getting sprayed, and machinery is being worked on to be ready to go to the field. There have also been some mushrooms being found. My dad and his friend Paul found about 541 mushrooms! This was right after my dad and sister found 60 just days before. All this wet weather has made for a good mushroom year!

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About akm17

My name is Alex Morris, and I am from a small, rural town in Missouri called Ballard. I grew up on a row crop and cow/calf operation. I have always loved the farm life, and I have always been very active around our farm. Now, for the first time, I have been away from where I grew up and am experiencing college. It is always good to go back home to the farm, and I try to make it there as often as I can. It’s my favorite place to be. Being away has only made me appreciate agriculture more. Here, at Missouri State University, I am majoring in Agricultural Communications and I plan to have an emphasis in graphic design. My goal is to be an advocate of agriculture. The way I am going to start “spreading the word” of agriculture is through this blog. I plan to share the issues I may come across, things I find in the social media, or topics that we disucuss in my Relations in Agriculture class or any of my other classes. I will also share stories straight off of my farm. I will talk a little about what goes on around there, and post pictures whenever I can, because they are worth a thousand words that don’t have to be typed. I love to take pictures and to tell good stories. Sometimes I may even talk about life in general if I come across something that needs to be shared. Overall, I am a very stong believer in agriculture. It’s where my heart is, and I want to make people aware of what is going on out there, and bring things to their notice they may not be aware of. I believe that is my job as an agriculture advocate, and this blog is just where I am starting out.
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