The coming of spring means a lot of things to a lot of people—almost all of those things being optimistic and enthusiastic. But for our nation’s agriculture industry, spring brings a lot of hard work and a good deal of hope.
After all, for farmers around the country, seeding season is fast approaching and depending on where exactly these farmers are, timing is everything. But many people in and around the industry are wondering how this spring’s seeding will go, given the extremely frigid winter many areas experienced. How will the country’s farmers fare?
While Grand Forks Herald reported that “farmers are starting to get antsy about getting into the fields,” and that many farmers won’t start planting wheat until early April. It seems the weather is now cooperating, and others are feeling more optimistic.
“U.S. Midwest farmers,” according to this article, “will be happy,” and the author predicts that much of the U.S. will be able to begin planting earlier this year than in the past few years. Kansas has seen a slightly better March than in 2014, and in Oklahoma, it’s “substantially better than last year.”
Another reason for optimism? While nothing’s a certainty when it comes to Mother Nature, the U.S. Weather Service three-month outlook for various areas of the country, including the southern plains, calls for average temperatures and precipitation, and in agriculture, average is good.
On a final note of good news, it seems 2014-2015 could see record increases in demand for corn, soybeans, and wheat. 2015 is expected to see the second highest year on record for agricultural exports.*
So while much of the country took a beating this winter, there’s plenty of room for positivity. That said, we at PEER continue to stand behind our country’s agricultural industry, offering the best bearings for their needs. Our maintenance-free solutions extend equipment life, reduce costs, and meet the highest standards—all while being environmentally-friendly. So farmers can focus on their plantings, not on worrying about their equipment’s bearings.
Here’s to a fruitful, successful spring season!
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