This Spring reminds me of October. The snow was gone before April started, and the days have been cool and dry. There have been strong winds blowing most of the time, both day and night.
Nothing has greened up very much and when the sky turns blue, we have the colors of Fall on the land. We have had just enough rain to wash the surface and settle the dust. The barley has been seeded into moisture which gives us hope for the coming season.
The Golden Willow is providing the splash of color in the trees.
It is blooming and producing seed pods, while its leaves are barely visible.
If there were other green trees around, this tree would be the flower of the forest, but most of the surrounding trees have no leaves at all.
Nature is always trying to pull off a joke in GriggsDakota.
The barley is coming up, and that is not a joke.
This is the first field we seeded and rows are clearly visible.
The brave little seedlings are only two or three inches tall. Soon the barley will turn the ground green and the trees will surely follow its lead.
I noticed that the record low is still in the single digits. I certainly hope we don't get down there again this Spring. That would not be good for any of the crops that have been seeded.
We will likely have more frost, as we had this week, with temperatures dipping to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Those temperatures shouldn't hurt the barley. We will finish planting barley today and move on to corn, soybeans and edible beans.
April's weather has been good for field work and it has progressed ahead of average as it ends.
Even though April's weather reminds us of October in GriggsDakota.