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Southern crops just might get the Hair-of-the-Dog syndrome.

This crop’s been given the water, and once a plant starts getting the water, you gotta keep giving it to it when it needs it. We have pegging peanuts now. Cotton will drop blooms or squares quick when stressed —  drought stressed or water stressed. We’re water stressed. Funny thing is we can go drought stressed pretty fast in the South. Tap doesn’t need to turn off just yet.

Southern land can flood in just a day or long weekend if the tropics decide we need a good bath. Or, it can go stone-cold sober on us and make a tee toddler look like a lush.

Farming in general is a risk in almost any place or environment. But in the South, hey, like Forrest said, “You never know really what you are going to get.”

We know our summers will be crippling hot with suppressive humidity. We know spring weather will be like trying to bet on which way the headless chicken will run next. Our weather is as volatile as any on the planet, either rain, wind, tornadoes, hail or just dusty dry. And farmers adjust.

I also know our weather, even in the heat of summer (or in late January for that matter) can make you realize why our ancestors put us here: Sitting on the back porch or deck in the late evening or looking over the pond and the breeze whispers across your face and steady enough to keep the bugs out of your eyes. That evening rain shower just passed through. The horizon is red-orange with purple flecks. And you realize it’s all going to be OK.

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