He is hoping that an inch or 1.5 inches of rain will fall this month to help his recently planted wheat and corn fields, and the rest of the corn and all of the soybeans, edible beans and sunflowers he will plant in late May will need it to germinate.

Timely rains throughout the summer also will be essential.

Kadlec, who has been farming full-time since 1998, is used to the vagaries of the weather. In fact, monitoring the forecast and keeping track of details like soil temperatures – on May 4 it was 48 degrees – of his fields are reasons he enjoys his chosen career.

“I always knew I was going to farm,” he said. “There’s something always changing. You have the four seasons, the variety of business decisions, agronomic decisions, mechanical decisions, and then you’re watching the weather. You’re part of nature.”