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Friday, April 15, 2016

Hay? Did We Make A Tactical Error?

With apologies to the real nursery rhyme author ...
Rain, rain, come today!
And come again another day!

A few TV meteorologists lament that rain may ruin weekend plans, and I talk under my breath as if they could hear me, "Oh, please let it rain this weekend!"

It may disrupt someone's golf game or trip to the park, but we need rain in Central Kansas. Some Kansans were lucky enough to get some rain earlier in the week, but it missed us again.

This week's drought monitor shows we are in moderate drought, and much of the rest of the state is abnormally dry. So if a golf game or outdoor cookout gets canceled this weekend because of widespread rain, forgive me while I celebrate!


Since we are totally a dryland farm, we haven't planted any corn yet because of the dry conditions. And this week, Randy started worrying about having enough hay for cattle. He had already contracted to sell two more semi-trailer loads of hay to a feedlot near Larned. As the guys loaded the second truck this week under sun-filled skies, he began second-guessing his decision to sell.

If it doesn't rain, we will have to delay moving cattle to summer pasture. We don't have a lot of this year's alfalfa bales left. So, if the cows have to stay home for awhile, they will be eating leftovers - leftover sudan bales and leftover silage. Let's hope they like leftovers!
After lamenting the possibly premature hay sale, Randy decided we'd move some cattle today and tomorrow, "ahead of the rain."

Oh, there's my resident optimist! He was only momentarily absent. 

8 comments:

  1. Oh Kim, this brings back memories of years ago when we also did not get any rain and the golfers not far from us were always happy. Before we ran out of the little bit of hay we had left because we were feeding in the summer because of no pasture we decided to cut our losses and sold more than half our herd. It was a difficult decision and I still think about it. The prices were bad but we had no choice, we were not alone. Too many sellers and very few buyers.. I do hope you get your rain Kim there are a lot of farmers who know exactly what this feels like. I never did like golf:) Take care. HUGS B

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    1. We had drought a few years ago and sold calves before we usually would have. Back then, much of Kansas was colored red on the drought map. I hope we don't return to that! Chances for rain look good this weekend. I hope they are right.

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  2. I am constantly vexed by radio and television announcers ruing rainy weather. So many livelihoods depend on it, but the city slickers think only of themselves.

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    1. I talk to my TV about it. So far, that hasn't helped - ha!

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  3. It is ironic that on opposite sides of the world and opposite sides of our seasons we are both waiting on rain. I think we all need a resident optimist during tough times. Did you see mine yesterday kicking up dust. I said "dreaming of rain" and he said "no, we are another day closer to rain"... which is a much nicer way of viewing it. Hope we both get our rains real soon.

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    1. Yes, I loved that photo, though I didn't like what it represented. We had 2.10 inches of rain this weekend. From your photo today, I don't think you did, so I will join Phil in hoping you are "one day closer to rain!"

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  4. Hope you are enjoying some of the rain we are!

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    1. Thanks, Mrs. E! Yes, after waiting all day Saturday, it finally started raining around midnight. We are thankful!

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