The April 26 edition of The Advocate included an interesting article in which the researchers had concluded an increase of two weeks in the growing season along the Mississippi Delta over the past three decades.

My friends and others have concluded over the years that I did indeed fall off a turnip truck, which, if you won’t tell anyone, is correct. This, however, makes it a little more difficult to understand some of the scientific stuff, especially global warming.

The first question in my mind was how much has the temperature in the river increased and more details on their measurements. There were no temperatures mentioned; however, it was disclosed that the growing season had increased by seven-tenths of a day per year, with no explanation, but the article did say the research was written up in the Aquatic Botany journal. I got a little help from Google and was able to find that site.

Well, you must be a member of certain groups or subscribe to something or other or else pay a $35 fee to read the research article in detail.

There was a gist, or brief summary, that stated their study showed an increase of 0.09 degree centigrade each decade. Thus, according to the researchers, the water temperature in the Mississippi River has increased 0.27 degrees centigrade over the past 30 years, which has increased the growing season by two weeks. Gosh, at that rate, the temperature can be expected to rise by a whopping one full degree over about the next 100 years, increasing the growing season by almost a month, which should be good as more food can be grown that most likely will be needed.

It is strange that we seldom see factual information, mostly just conclusions. We hear about the polar regions melting away, polar bears left with no ice, yet the actual temperature is never mentioned except that it is increasing, which could be meaningless. NASA says its temperature readings worldwide show no significant changes.

Just wondering if those researchers could give us a bit more of their findings. Don’t tease us by referring to a journal that requires membership or a $35 fee for access.

Velton Knight

retired administrator

Baton Rouge