Our canines tell us that the dog days of summer arrived early in the Ozarks. True enough, the growing season started about a month early in Arkansas and the surrounding region. Some of the area grape vineyards have harvested varieties about a month earlier than usual. It will be interesting to see how the unusual weather pattern will affect the muscadine crop: will we have an early harvest this year? Muscadines are one of the last grapes to be harvested--often not until October. Fortunately, muscadines like heat, and so far the crop looks good.