On Feb. 8, it was discovered that Avian Influenza (HPAI) had infected a turkey flock in Indiana. When I saw that report, I immediately thought about the last time the poultry industry was hit with avian influenza infections.

“April showers bring May flowers,” is a phrase that dates back to the 1500s, conveying how the snow is finally gone, rain is in full force, and warmer weather is upon us. As temperatures rise and rain slows down, May brings the opportunity for new growth.

It is no secret that just about every farm input has increased in price. Some inputs might be even double what they were just a few months ago or possibly limited in supply. How can we raise the best crop we can while still trying to manage our input costs?

There is clearly an uptick in households interested in planting a vegetable garden right now. Seasoned gardeners may be expanding the size of the existing garden, finally trying new vegetables that had not won a spot in the garden ever before.