But the Drought of 2011 had different ideas. Today we are expected to surpass a record set back in 1936, when the thermometer met or topped the 100-degree mark 50 times. It took us 75 years to tie the record. Somehow I don't think anyone will have a party for breaking the record today. (Unless the beverage of our choice - rain water - could be served. Then we might throw a party.)
There are a few heads of milo that beat the odds and made a little grain. Compare this year's field ..
... with last year's crop.
I don't believe I'll be sharing pretty pictures of harvest like I did last year.
Instead, here's a lovely portrait of the birds' "calling cards" on the milo leaves. What little grain there was in the field has been picked over by birds with as much fervor as football players at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Even the birds are probably asking for a refund since this year's milo buffet is mighty slim pickings.
Just like those football players who leave all the dirty plates on the table, the birds left the hulls behind. (See the difference in the top of the head where the birds have eaten out the rust-colored grain.)
Since there probably isn't enough grain to harvest this fall, we will likely leave it in the field. After a freeze, Randy will graze cattle on the milo stalks. Doesn't a freeze sound good right about now?