We have been talking about winter's long tail and its dramatic effect on corn and natural gas futures and while the groundhog has some tough questions to answer, a sure sign of spring emerged at my home over the weekend... rhubarb.
Soil temperatures reported by Iowa State University have the 50 degree mark moving steadily northward across the Midwest. A late week weather event may slow the general warming trend as some areas of the northern belt may see some snow in the next few days, but the ice is off the creeks around here and the sound of robins in the trees signals true spring cannot be far behind.
Growers in Texas and other southern areas report crops already going in. Farther north, growers are still waiting to put the 'farm' in farmer and get into the fields. Now I know Pro Farmer hasn't spent much time on the rhubarb crop over the years -- except for the occasional piece of rhubarb pie -- but in a spring thirsty for a break, this harbinger of sunshine is a welcome sight in my garden. So take heart if you are sick of winter -- rhubarb doesn't lie.