If I see a cow in a pointy party hat, I don't need to open the card to discover the tired and predictable, "Party 'till the cows come home" on the inside.
There isn't much celebration going on in Kansas pastures these days. Randy and I went to two of our pastures Friday morning and the drought was particularly evident at the Rattlesnake Creek. The U.S. Geological Survey stream-gaging station at the Rattlesnake isn't getting much of a workout. There is no stream to gauge.
Here's how the Rattlesnake looked at what we call the Big Pasture on Friday morning.
For more than 100 years, Randy's family has been taking cattle to this summer pasture. It's disheartening to see it so dry. Randy can remember times that the creek hasn't been flowing, but there were still pools of water in the creek bed. This year, it's bone dry.
So when will the cows come home? It won't be much of a party to again figure out whether we have enough feed to keep feeder calves this winter. Last year, they went to the sale barn early. The verdict is still out right now.
Tomorrow - Water solutions at the Rattlesnake.