One of Scouting's well-known mottos is "Be Prepared." We put that trademark phrase to the test as we scouted wheat fields for damage after last week's hail/sleet/ice/rain storm.
It's been interesting to see how different fields have looked from the road. With just a dirt road separating fields, our wheat field has looked markedly greener than a neighbor's just to the south. Did it have to do with variety? Was it a difference in the maturity of the crop? Is it just surface freeze damage that caused the two fields to look so different?
crop matured so early.
Freezing temperatures are again forecast later this week, so we'll see how weather continues to impact this crop. As farmers always say, it's a long time to harvest. But it does seem to be good news for now.
While we were out, we also scouted the alfalfa fields, which look even worse from the road. There is freeze damage to the alfalfa. Randy says the freeze-damaged alfalfa won't produce hay, but the plants will start growing again.
|Surveying the alfalfa fields|
***I debated a long time about whether or not to post today. In light of the tragic, senseless bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday, it doesn't seem like I should celebrate that our wheat crop seems to have survived its own calamity - at least for the moment.
But then I saw something posted on a young friend's Facebook page. And I decided that what the world needs is good news in the face of tragedy. She shared these words from Comedian Patton Oswalt. (Yes, I realize a minister might be a better source for comfort in times of trouble. But I really liked what he had to say):
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity." But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage, and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. ... The vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. ... So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."