It’s the strangest thing to watch incoming thunderstorms from the northeast.  It happened twice this week, both on Monday and Tuesday evenings. We missed the first night’s showers, but last night we got nailed.  It was a good downpour for maybe 7 or 8 minutes. There is a saying my dad often used while I was growing up. It’s one you don’t forget and have to keep alive for generations to come.  Pardon the slightly crude imagery I’m evoking but when the rain is really pouring down my pops always says, “It’s like a tall cow pissing on a flat rock”. Well, I normally don’t have tall cows or many rocks in this part of the country, but yesterday at 4pm we had one of each.  I simply texted Dad “tall cow”, so he knew the farm was getting some much-needed love from above. Ryan and Doug were actually in the hoop sorting 15 of the bigger hogs for market. I think they were glad to be undercover, as was I, but I was only supervising so the truck still would have been a fallback option for me.  Even though the guys were dry, the pigs got a bath. The side of the hoop is open at the bottom and it’s downhill a bit from the large concrete pad, so rainfall runs through their pen. They absolutely love it and it’s fun to watch them acting like kids in a rain-flooded street.

The rain has kept our pastures growing and the cattle seem to be content.  We are also seeing some growth in the young clover and alfalfa crops. These were planted with the oats in April and have been patiently waiting for big brother above them to move into the grain bins so they have a chance to grow up.  A few spots aren’t as thick as we would like so we will go back in with the no-till drill later this month and re-seed those weaker areas. I’m debating planting cereal rye this fall, letting it go all spring, then crimping it down and drilling in transitional soybeans.  The rye makes a blanket across the soil, keeps the weeds at bay, protects water evaporation and eventually returns carbon to the soil. That my friends is a win-win-win and I think a fourth win…actually, maybe five…but let’s just say it’s smart farming in this day and age!

I can’t believe it’s August.  Where did July go? Hopefully, the “to-do” list this month stays light.  We really don’t have field work per se. Maybe a few acres of hay but no big harvests or cattle moves.  We do have a lot of winter manure piles to move out to the hay fields, but I think we’ll have a neighbor handle that.  His manure spreader is like the size of a Mack truck; mine looks more like a cute two-seater coupe. I’m not exaggerating when I say he can spread it all in two days when it would take me two to three weeks.  That is also smart farming!

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Enjoy the wonderful weather while the humidity takes the week off.

Your Farmer,