The rain. On my hay. Raining on my winter feed. Every I bring home more free feed than ever for the pigs and every day the grass is growing – still I am feeling the ‘will I have enough hay for the winter’ fear. That you and I go through together every year.
My big field (169 acres) is still too wet to begin work. The top inch or so is hard as a rock and under that is black and wet. A big machine would just make ruts. But the hard pan has begun to crack which is nature’s way of drying so as long as we don’t get too much rain eventually the growers will be able to till and plant a cover crop to begin the lands recovery.
Soon the weeds in the field will be higher than the fences.
What a year. There are many fields unplanted this year. The season will be an interesting one. My farmer and many others have put our field into a govt program, for the season, called Preventive Planting. It is an emergency measure. Quite a long standing program as I understand it. Essentially the govt. pays the tenant ( who has already paid his rent) 275 per acre not to plant a paying crop that year. So, the tenant does not lose his rent, and he can still plant the cover crop and continue to manage the land, clear water ways – weed control, etc. just no harvest.
So that is where we are at.
Airbnb bookings are booming these last few days which is great. The sky is full of clouds and moisture and it is windy.
It is Saturday!
I hope you have a good weekend.