After a long winter, I’m excited to be soon kicking off my 15th season of compiling and sharing weekly GDU and weather data. I know this information is of interest across all facets of agriculture because I have everyone from bankers to crop insurance reps to market analysts to farmers signing up for it. It is called Swenson’s Snapshot, and you can sign up below.
If you know me personally, you realize I’m an agronomic project guy. From pumpkins to weather, I love focusing on a subject and digging in. I’ve always wanted to put together a historical summary of season-long GDU data, and with the help of Kelsey Stumvoll, we accomplished that goal over the past months.
We built charts for 90+ locations across the tri-state showing FORTY YEARS of GDU data from 1981 to 2021. The “green” bar represents 50% of years. Why should farmers care? Because knowing your farm allows you to make wise decisions on maximizing your crop. It can inform your decisions regarding:
Our handy historical chart will quickly become a valuable reference to compare growing seasons across the years.
For those that already receive my weekly email, don’t worry, I didn’t forget you! My 40 Year GDU Report should be sitting in your email ready for you to check out!
For the new folks: by subscribing to Swenson’s Snapshot you’ll see my weekly email (want to know exactly what you’ll get? See an example here!) where I chat about the weather, GDUs, and crop progress. It ends each year with the first frost, or on October 1 – whichever comes first.
Kelsey and I spent a lot of time on this project, and being agronomic geeks, we loved every minute of it. We hope you enjoy it!