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!