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In praise of spraying season

Yes, winter, spring, summer and fall are our official seasons. But the lives of all of us in Upper Midwest agriculture revolve around other seasons, too.

Yes, winter, spring, summer and fall are our official seasons. But the lives of all of us in Upper Midwest agriculture revolve around other seasons, too.

Among many others, there's crop season, there's winter meeting season. There's calving and lambing season, there's haying season. There's tax season, there's burn-the-sloughs-and-other-winter-is-coming-jobs season. 

And of course there's planting season and there's harvest season, with spraying season roughly in the middle. Spraying season isn't easy, by any means, but usually it brings a little less stress -- and shorter days -- than planting and harvest seasons. And its importance can't be overstated; crops need to be protected against weeds, insect and disease.

If you have a good crop developing, as many Upper Midwest farmers do this summer, spraying season is enjoyable. If your crop has been hammered by drought or excess rains, which is sadly the case for many area farmers, spraying season can be frustrating and depressing.

I hope your spraying season is going well.

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Opinion by Jonathan Knutson
Plain Living
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