SNIPPETS

I like to say that word and it’s a good thing, because that’s all I have to share for wheat planting so far.IMG_20171001_151836831

We have been getting moisture this fall, which is awesome, but we’ve been getting so much moisture that it’s keeping us from planting, which is unheard of for SW Kansas.

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My husband said he can’t remember a time that we didn’t plant a single kernel of wheat in September……

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…….. but it happened this year.  We try to be through planting by October 10th.  In the past, our yields have dropped with wheat planted later than that.

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We are planting now, though and getting ready to harvest fall crops.  Things work out if we are patient.   In the end, we are fortunate to be in a profession where we are reminded almost daily that we are not the ones in control of our world or our farm!

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MAY DAY!

I’m not calling out for help…I’m just telling you what day the  picture  below was taken.  May 1st.  IMG_20170501_112201480

Southeastern Colorado and Southwest Kansas was hit with a record blizzard the last weekend of April.

The area received 18 to 20 inches of snow with wind gusts above 50 mph.

Conditions like this are extremely hard on crops and livestock.  It’s heartwarming to see people pull together to help each other out.

In the first picture above, I’m standing on a 4 to 5 foot drift. (with my collapsed chicken pen in the background…darn it.)  The second picture shows the strange combination of white snow and fully leafed out trees.  The heavy, wet snow damaged limbs and the 26.9 degree temps froze leaves.IMG_20170430_203200109_HDR

As with any storm though, physical or otherwise, if you wait long enough and pray long enough, it passes–and the sun shines again.