Cold Spring Impacts Warm Weather Businesses

Oakwood Campground

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As the saying goes, “it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood”, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to last and this inconsistent Spring weather is sure frustrating business owners who depend on it.

The first person you notice when you enter Oakwood RV Park drives on all fours, greets everyone with a smile, and is quite the expert when it comes to camping.

Lee Speakar and her husband Bob have been running this location for a number of years, and can tell you it’s pretty weird to have measurable snow in the forecast for May.

“This Spring has been real unusual because it has been unpredictable and normally when we’re open we don’t have to worry about hydrants freezing water or that type of thing which we have this year,” said Lee Speakar.

And the conditions seem to be lingering longer then they should.

“We got some cold weather coming and snow and that’s not good for camping, that’s not good for farmers cause once the farmers get their corn planted then they go camping,” said Bob Speakar.

This couple is crossing their fingers that these empty spots start filling up.

“If the almighty is listening, let’s get to summer here and do what nature intended,” said Bob.

Because a business that goes hand in hand with bonfires does not mix well with snowmen.

“We’re a travelers park and we get people from all over the United States in here, but everybody likes a sunny day and green grass. Of course, it takes rain to do that and we’ve had the rain, now the snow we don’t need,” said Bob.

But they are optimistic for a sunny future..after all, they do live in the Midwest and folks around here are pretty tough.

“Little cool spell coming here and as the book says this too shall pass and we will be into summer before you know it,” said Bob.

“They are still coming, coming a little bit later, but they are still coming,” said Lee.

the Speakars tell us it is still a little early to get too concerned because a lot of their business starts memorial day weekend.

If this wintry weather stays around the area…It will also cause some trouble for another business.

Ethanol production could be impacted if farmers can’t get into their fields.
Those at Golden Grain energy say a late planting means a late harvest, and they are already running behind on reserves after the drought last summer.

Bottom line: another short year would be a problem for the industry.

“Actually the last three years have been below the trend line yields and we like to stay growing in production and leaving us that cushion because every year we’ve been dwindling that cushion and this is the smallest cushion for quite a long time and that’s why I say we have such a concern”,” said CEO, Walt Wendland.

However, he tells us he’s still optimistic farmers will have a good harvest, but it just needs to warm up.

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