Sometimes, it takes a dose of reality—or Mother Nature—for me to truly appreciate farmers.
But sometimes, I take it for granted that there will always be a canola field for me to run around. The truth is, farming is hard work, and it’s susceptible to many factors—like the weather. And in Alberta, as well as in many parts of the world, there's nothing predictable about Mother Nature.
Every year, my grandpa worries until he can get his seed in for this growing season, a task made that much more difficult when the weather won't cooperate.
To give you some perspective, farmers need 14 weeks to grow a crop. Seeding can’t begin until all of the snow melts (we had snow in some parts of the province a couple of weeks ago) and the moisture-saturated land dries—which, if it's raining, like it is today, makes it even more challenging. And if all of last year's crops couldn’t be harvested, and still can’t because of the moisture in the soil, that could mean an extra delay in seeding.
Which is what my parents are always telling me to do. Like, school assignment deadlines, and budgeting my allowance for unexpected things—because you never know what life challenge you'll need to deal with.
Gotta jet! Have a great weekend, whatever the weather.
~ Chase Superman Duffy
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