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Sunday, June 21, 2015

What A Difference

A year makes. This time last year I was complaining about the endless downpours of rain that were destroying our crops and flooding roads. Now I am lucky to have saved some of that subsoil moisture to keep the crop going since we have had no significant rain since the snow left except for one half inch shower. Big clouds build up and blow by with maybe a light shower (or nothing at all). A few miles one way or the other can make quite a difference though.
Even a month ago I was complaining about the muddy fields, still wet from last year's excess rainfall.

 Hay crops will be short to cut and I need to get busy on that now. We are still lucky here compared to some further West who are already past the point of recovery on their crops even if it did rain much now.
It is pretty ironic that though we need rain for the crops now there are still roads and farm yards under water from the effects of last year's cloudbursts . Like this one I shot earlier this week.
 Water is kind of like money. There is enough out there for everybody but it is just not evenly distributed.

6 comments:

  1. At our place, we got two inches in one hour. Hope you get what you need.

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    1. 2 inches in an hour is the other extreme Kate. Kind of like last year's 15 inches in 30 days. Nice little shower this morning helps.

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  2. I hope things improve for you, Ralph.

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    1. Gorges, I really have nothing to complain about yet. Subsoil moisture from last year is keeping the crops going. We have been saved by the cooler than normal temps so far. It is just in our nature as farmers to complain about something. (some of us anyway) :-)

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  3. Ralph, frankly I'm a bit discouraged at this point in the summer. Everything is going wrong. It is not much comfort to read of your difficulties. I swear it is such a bitter struggle. We don't really ask that much from life. An old car or motorcycle to tinker with, a decent crop, not saying a spectacular crop, just a decent crop.

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  4. I sure hope you get that decent crop Budde. We know that planting a crop is really just like buying a lottery ticket. So far a decent crop is still well within the realm of possibility here but that can change in a few hours too.

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