|Randy would want me to say this isn't our field. However, everyone is having trouble holding onto their real estate this week.|
The last few days that old Kansas song has been rattling around in my head - at least in the areas that aren't stuffed full of drainage after unrelenting days of misery for farmers and allergy sufferers alike.
"Dust in the wind
"All we are is dust in the wind.
"Dust in the wind.
"Everything is dust in the wind."No kidding.
On Monday, Kansas Wheat posted this satellite image to its Facebook page.
This was the visible satellite photo from Sunday afternoon. The grey/brown clouds in the west are blowing dust. They extend from Central/Western Kansas down through west Oklahoma and Texas. This is not one of those urban (or rural) legends invented for the internet. I was driving through it as I returned home from giving a program in Macksville. Ironically, my program focused on finding God's blessings in mundane, everyday life. I must admit that it was a little tough as I watched topsoil blowing across the county and held on tight to the steering wheel as I bucked 60 MPH wind gusts.
I guess we need to find our silver linings - even in sunsets obscured in clouds of dust.
We had planned to move cattle back to the Ninnescah pasture on Monday morning. It was too windy. Cattle (and people) get a bit riled up with the wind howling.
We postponed until Tuesday morning. Again, no go!
On Wednesday morning, we started at 7:15 to try and get the bulk of the work done before the wind was quite as ferocious. Our early start time will be repeated again today. The 32 on the thermometer will feel a little brisk on the 4-wheeler this morning. Wish us luck! And even more, pray for rain.