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What a difference a year makes!
June 18, 2013, 9:21 pm
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Hay and Pumpkins 2012

Hay and Pumpkins 2012

 June 18, 2013

Wow, what a difference a year makes in farming. Last year at this time we had the first cutting made and in the barns. This field of hay was actually second cutting. The pumpkins were beautiful…right before the drought came.

This year is a very wet one. I did cut some hay last evening right before a pop up shower gave us 3/4 of an inch of rain on already saturated ground. The pumpkin plants wait in little plastic plugs struggling just to stay alive. I hope to plant them by the weeks end, but now there is no dirt…only mud.

My field corn was off to a great start. It is now a bit yellow as it begs for some sunshine. The weeds are thriving threatening to choke out the corn. I could only cultivate now with a row boat. Riceland Meadows might have better planted rice this year 😮

The weatherman says 5 days of sun coming, but they are more like weather guessers that weather predictors this year. So we shall see. I do have some hay down, hoping to use the 5 day window, but what I cut today lays on standing water … not good.

The animals are enjoying the cooler weather. The flies are a bit behind, but will soon be out with a vengence, biting man and beast. I think those night time blood sucking insects are building up to large levels… I just hope the bats, barn swallows and purple Martins eat them quickly.

I will keep plugging away, working around the wet, rainy weather, after all … that is what we farmers do 😮

 


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