Diamonds were scattered throughout the Wisconsin countryside today, with the snow glistening under the moonlight and then under the morning’s sunrise.
Such a scene might be perceived as having little value to farmers — the need ever-present for good prices instead of simply nature’s payment in winter beauty that covers debts of the heart.
Even then, though, University of Wisconsin-Madison forage specialist Dan Undersander reminds us that the snow offers more than its beauty. It also works to insulate the soil as the countryside settles into the long stretch of icy chill, helping assure that alfalfa and other overwintering forage crops will survive the winter.
They’re not real diamonds, but the glistening snow reminds us of the good that’s to come with spring.