It’s the first official day of spring! It’s close to, if not over, 80 degrees, here in northeastern Ohio. And no one can deny that the entire country has enjoyed beautiful weather for the past week. The daffodils are in full bloom and trees are getting buds on them. People were in their shorts and sandals enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures.

I, for one, had to take a second look at the calendar. I couldn’t believe it! Just a little past the middle of March and we couldn’t ask for better weather

I know I have spring fever and I know I’m not alone. I spent Saturday working in and around the barn and couldn’t have been a happier girl! The sun was shining and it was warm.

The only topic I heard more than the shale was the weather this weekend. No matter where I went, whether it was the grocery store or family dinner on Sunday, we talked about the weather.

With the warm weather comes this twitch in one select group of people… It can only be recognizable in farmers. After all, they can’t just sit around, have a cold drink and expect to feed the world. It’s some type of instinct that kicks in when the weather turns balmy. It makes them jump forward and think of planting season or even hay-making time.

But before we can get there, farmers are busy installing new tile in fields and applying lime in others. The weather might say one thing, but the calendar still says March. And that is one thing farmers are not forgetting. The nice weather is allowing them to get work done but they appear to be keeping in mind that we still have the some of this month left and April and a hard freeze is not out of the question.

I guess, we’ll just have to keep our eyes on the farmer and remember to listen to their wisdom when it comes to planting time. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves.

In the meantime, let’s get out there and enjoy the warm air and abundant sunshine!

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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