When I drive through the countryside near my house, I’m surrounded by waterlogged fields. It’s officially mud season in Indiana.

Most of the farmers I know are ready to plant, but Mother Nature has other plans. It’s a fine balance between planting too early and waiting too long.

Farmers invest most of their time and energy into getting that timing right, and that can result in a lot of stress. High input costs and low commodity prices add extra stress to the unpredictable weather patterns.

When I hear my farmer friends commiserate, I can feel the anxiety they are experiencing. When will things clear up?

Will it be a good year? Will the farm make it another season?

No matter how hard it gets, I want every farmer to remember that their mental and physical health should come first.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to seek help. Whether it’s calling a loved one or taking a minute to just breathe, take time to take care of you.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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