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Which of these ag disasters is worse?

I sometimes ask farmers this question:

Which is worse?

To have drought or excess moisture ruin your fledgling crop not long after planting?

To have a terrific crop ruined by hail or other natural disaster shortly before harvest?

I get two basic answers. Some people say they'd rather have disaster strike right away; that way, they don't get their hopes up. Other people say they'd rather have last-minute disaster; that way, they get some satisfaction from watching the crop develop.

Personally, I'd prefer early disaster. But either way, of course, the result is the same. Pick your poison; it's still poison.

Like other Upper Midwest aggies, I'm not giving up on the 2017 crop in areas stressed by inadequate moisture. Like you, I'm hoping for a few timely rains.

Read more of Knutson's blogs at http://agright.areavoices.com/.

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