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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tropical Storm Edouardud....I mean Edouard

What does it take to get a bit of rain here. You would think that with a hurricane passing south of you 2 weeks ago and a tropical storm passing just to the north of you, one might pick up a couple of inches of rain.

Well, apparently not. Between these two glorious storms, we managed to get a total of 6/10" of rain. Not even an inch.

The cracks in our pasture are still there. Looking like they could blow molten hot lava out of them at any time they are so big.

I use to laugh when I would hear people saying to pray for rain but now that we are farming, you begin to understand their concerns. It is pretty dry here, but in Austin Co, one county to the west of us, it is bone dry. I do think they may have picked up a bit of rain but I'm not sure. They need about 12" to do any good there.

The day was cloudy and cooler though. It only got to about 84 degrees. Two days ago, it was 104. The cows really appreciated the break from the steaming heat. I think the pigs stayed out of the woods most the day and foraged about the pastures doing what they do best....tearing the ground up.

I don't want it to seem like I am complaining, just feeling a little bamboozalled (sp?) at this time.


Kelly said...

Listen, I received quite a lot of that wet stuff, so you may have some of mine if you like! This is Joshua Collard, you know, the guy who almost cut your head off with the straight razor, his son.

Cowboy hat, nice! I am glad to see that you are doing well. Congrats on the two beautiful children. They are gorgeous! I don't have a myspace or anything like that, but I was looking at Brandon's and saw this blog site and thought that I would say hello. Looks like God has kept his hand on you since the last time we spoke. I am glad.

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Sarah Shalley said...

Dang, that stinks. I've had about 2 inches in the last 2 days. My back yard is a little swampy. I'll send it your way if I can.


Farmer Brad said...

You and me both buddy! Lord bring us rain... not too much, not too little... and not too late.

Farmin' builds faith!

Plowing and Sowing said...

We desparately need the rain in around the B/CS area. I have enjoyed your blog. It is good to see another guy who is willing to share a little about life and experiences on the farm. My wife was excited that you were the one who got the Proverbs 31 wife. She was wondering where that perfect person was. Take care.

Ron said...

I hope you get some rain soon!

Ya'll need to inform whoever you are praying to that you DO NOT live in Missouri. :) If there's one thing we've had, it's rain. Oh, and bugs. :)

Take care,

Candylei said...

We'll hope for rain for you, too. We live in Maryland and the wonderful part of that is it rains twice a week or more and the corn, soy bean, hay, alfalfa farmers never have to irrigate. Your stock pens are top of the line. I'm going to look through your blog. Hang in there!

Mike said...

Well, we're the opposite up here in Ontario, with rain at least once or twice a day, five days out of seven. It's just too much! I think you have to be farming or fishing for a while to really start to FEEL the weather. I'm on my sixth season of veggie gardening, and I've been through seasons with three months of no rain, and another summer with no two consecutive days of sun, but I made it through and thought, "no problem," it's just extreme farming! But this summer is the one where I've started to feel the weather on a new level. A combination of rain, no sun, and then a freak hail storm a couple weeks back that lasted three minutes and took out three quarters of my sizing up toms, eggplant, peppers, has thrown almost everything off, and has me...perturbed. I can't quite explain the feeling yet, it's not frustration, I guess it's a dawning new RESPECT for...Nature, realizing how REALLY at its mercy we all are. Words like "humbling" and "grateful" for every break come to mind. Sounds a bit dramatic, maybe, but for me, an original big city guy, this could be the best thing I've learned from tiny farming so far...! Respect! :)