Published on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For me, spring hasn’t yet fully arrived, regardless of temperature, until Opening Day of the Cincinnati Reds.
Monday, March 31 was an Opening Day that I will not forget. The Reds lost. Darn it! But, the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, barbecue Ribs at the Montgomery Inn, which is right on the Ohio River, the smell of La Rosa’s pizza by the slice, fresh green grass, and America’s favorite pastime, make Opening Day one that remains special regardless of win or loss.
Spring is here! Although, I haven’t decided yet if the Reds have realized that, they aren’t starting off very good! At the writing of this blog, the Reds are 2-6 and already 3.5 games out of first place. That’s a horrible start! But, does that mean that is how they’ll finish?
So far this spring, there has been very little planting across the Midwest. I have a couple of customers that have put on some anhydrous, but for the most part, things have been stagnant. I know farmers are getting anxious to get in the field and get started, but the excessive rain and cooler temperatures haven’t permitted it. When a farmer gets one chance every year to get his crop in the ground, and he believes early planting is a must, it makes for some frustration when another rain comes in. This farming season hasn’t started off that great, but does that mean it will finish bad?
If you remember from my last blog, upon returning home from a hunting trip, things didn’t start off so hot. I came home to a flooded kitchen, ruining my cabinets and flooring. When I saw Damage Doctors ripping up my flooring and sub-floor, yanking my kitchen cabinets out, that wasn’t a very good start to that project. Did that mean my kitchen would forever be destroyed? No.
When you are in the midst of a problem that, at the time seems overwhelming, it is easy to get caught up in the sense that it will NEVER get any better. I can tell you from experience though; the Cincinnati Reds could come back and win the World Series! Not likely, but they could. There are a lot of games in a season. My kitchen is now put back together and looks better than it did before the “great flood of 2014.” I can also recall some extremely late planting being the highest yielding corn and beans just a couple of years ago.
Many times, starting out rough and tough doesn’t mean that is how it is going to finish. Our crops are much the same way, kind of like a baby. If a baby starts out as a weak, premature baby in intensive care, will he or she ALWAYS be behind? No. Not necessarily. If a corn crop starts out slow, will it always be behind? No. Not necessarily.
The rest of the growing season plays a huge role in the final outcome of that crop. The weather could turn around quickly and by the time you read this blog, you could be planting. So stay positive! Many times, when we are feeling the worst, in the midst of something that seems like it will never get any better, there’s a surprise. The solution is right around the corner where everything seems alright.
Author: Ryan McAllister
Categories: Field Stories
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