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June 22, 2018
We had a long, cold and wet winter in southern Missouri this year. Seemed like the cold weather would never break. April was the second coldest on record in Missouri. May, on the other hand, turned out to be the warmest May on record. It was also very wet, presenting all kinds of challenges to Devon and his farming team. As the Missouri Climate Center describes it on their website, “Missouri experienced a spring where April behaved more like March and May was typical of June. The last time a flip in extreme temperature anomalies for consecutive months occurred in Missouri was December 1989.” The running joke around our office in Purdy -or lament, depending on how you feel that day- is that we had one week of spring this year. The elderberries seemed to tolerate the temperature extremes without much difficulty and the 5 plus inches of rain we received in May probably helped a lot. This year has been a great year for elderflowers, and if our luck holds, will also be a great year for elderberries. The elderberry field that is just a few blocks from our office in Purdy was in full flower during the second week of June, when these pictures were taken, and even the heat couldn’t take away of the joy of being surrounded by such beauty.
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