That's kind of how the 2016 wheat crop is looking these days. Even with all the rain and the cooler temperatures earlier this month, the crop is beginning its transition from green to golden.
We got another 1.40" of rain Tuesday night (or Wednesday morning, depending upon your perspective).
And while there may be a grumble or two about all the rain at the local coffee shop, most farmers would prefer being delayed with spring tasks with rain instead of looking to the empty skies during a drought.
For the first time since July 2010, Kansas has been classified as "drought free," according to Mary Knapp, assistant state climatologist.
So we choose to be thankful - even if the farming "to-do" list is not getting crossed off as quickly as we'd like. After all, only two months ago, the wheat fields looked stressed. A dry winter had taken its toll. We were anticipating another ultra-early harvest, (like 2012) but this time, it would be because of lack of moisture.
Now the outlook is totally different.
Details create the big picture.
Sanford I. Weill, American businessman
I look at the "big picture" as I drive by fields, hurrying from one place to the next. But yesterday, I also decided to look a little closer.