Many are asking “How’s the corn handling this wet, cool weather?!?” Without complaining, I’d like to share a few of the potential challenges we face due to cold, wet and sometimes dreary days…one after the other! We are very blessed to live and farm on relatively well draining soil but being right along the Grand River also means that our land can only drain to the highest level of the river….so the water basically isn’t able to go away quickly right now. Thankfully this crop is under the plastic which helps to prevent crusting which can happen when the weather finally turns and the sun shines down on us all again (and it will eventually!) The corn seeds that are now under water in the picture had already germinated which is also a blessing because the seed shouldn’t rot (we hope!). It also won’t continue to progress until we see warmer, drier conditions. I am also very thankful for the wisdom of my farmer husband when he planted some of our higher bare ground before our low-lying ‘long flats’ this spring as that area of the farm is also under water! As you can imagine, it is impossible and unwise to plant more seed until the fields dry a bit. This brings us to the potential harvest repercussions…we could experience gaps in availability this season. But that’s nothing new, right!!! As with each season, we prepare for a fantastic year and are full of hope and thankful to be able to do what we love each and every day! Come rain or shine, we will persevere and be the best stewards possible of this land and crop to provide all of you with a delightful summertime treat!