So how much will the Emmet County Board of Supervisors pay farmers for leaving a strip of corn at the edge of their fields to stop the snow this winter?
First, though, we'd better ask a few more questions.
Does anyone think this winter will be bad (ha ha ha) as last winter that on some days was balmier than the West Coast? Or will it be worse than three years ago when 10-foot drifts clogged traffic - sometimes for days?
What's the average yield going to be?
And how about those corn prices - $8.26 cash corn at Gruver on Tuesday.
With so many variables floating in the air, the supervisors Tuesday discussed - but came to no decision - on the rate they'll pay farmers to leave a standing corn fence this fall. Farmers of course have the option of either handpicking their corn and leaving the stalks to catch snow or combining it once winter's past - and getting paid for it twice.
Supervisor Ron Smith said if the board followed its customary practice of paying $1.50 a bushel over cash price that would make a price of $9.50 a bushel.
The board decided to wait until next week to pick up the matter.
In other business Tuesday, the board agreed to have StarCom provide Internet and e-mail service to the Courthouse for $500 a month. Ivan Dalen of StarCom said it would take 30-40 days to install a dedicated line to the Courthouse.
The board also met with Seana Godbold with the NRCS and Emmet Soil and Water Conservation District regarding the Tuttle Lake watershed improvement project.
The board also approved adoption of an ordinance for partial exemption from property taxation of the actual value added to industrial real estate.