I like to remind my daughters, who have 7 grandchildren between them, that “grandchildren are affirmation as to why we didn’t strangle our children.”  And this week confirms this feeling.  Pat and I are babysitting our 3 little granddaughters from Minnesota while their parents (our daughter and son-in-law) are enjoying a much needed vacation at some warm, sunny resort.  We have had a blast.  

Yesterday, I took the girls sledding out across some of our timothy grass fields, where there was barely enough snow left for sledding.  We actually spent 10% of our time and trip crossing the bare grass just to get to the next patch of snow.  The whole event was a lot of fun, but it reinforces concerns about how dry our weather continues to be.  We are still rated as being in “exceptional drought” by the US Weather Service.  So, it’s a very real possibility that crop quality and supply will continue to be an issue for a majority of farmers in 2013.

To reinforce what I have posted previously, Oxbow is very fortunate to be partnered with the country’s best hay growers – farmers in climates conducive to producing the best materials possible.  At the same time, it’s important to remember that we are all affected by difficult weather patterns when they come.  With this is mind, I’ll be saying a few weather-related prayers, and let’s all keep our fingers crossed for better conditions this year to improve the quality of hay and crops for growers everywhere.