The Un-Harvest


Country MoonHarvest is one of my favorite times of year. Farmers and gardeners wait all year long to reap the fruits of their labors.

Some years are better than others and no two are ever quite the same. This has been one of those more challenging years.

Farmers depend on rain but they hardly ever get just enough. It's a toss-up, which is worse, not enough or too much.

This year it has been too much, right from the get-go. We have been through years like this before but I can never remember when it has been so widespread.

I remember when there used to be a drought or too much rain in certain parts of the country, which means that it didn't affect prices and total yields so much. However, this year in the Midwest, the East and parts of the South and West have all experienced too much rain.

Farmers play a guessing game when they place their seed orders, which is sometimes a year in advance. They try to choose a variety that fits their soil type and the length of their growing season. Different varieties have different maturity dates but those too depend on moisture and warmth.

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