Every year about this time, I begin commenting on preparations for summer heat relief in grow-finish facilities.

Today it is a little tougher to think about summer when parts of Minnesota had up to 20 inches of snow in the past 2 days and our local soil temperatures at the 4-6” depth are averaging in the low 40’s at best.

Soil temperatures this morning at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca were running about 38F and the Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton is reporting frost from 18-52” yet under bare ground.

Even with the current cold weather, we really need to begin thinking and planning today for our summer heat management strategies.

In a meeting with a client on Tuesday, the comment was made that August 15 is the critical deadline for summer plans this year. That is the last day of trading for the August lean hog futures contract.

On August 16 all forward pricing contracts will begin using the October futures contract.

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