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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:34 pm    Post subject: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

On the other forum their was a thread about the drought, how many of you are still dangerous dry? We still are here around K.C., but with all the city folks and inner city issues local news does not focus on it much. All the ponds for watering livestock are just about bone dry and sub soil moisture is nil. We are supposed to get a big storm mid week and everyone is giddy in this area to get it. If it is dry what plans if any have changed next years stratagies?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Still way behind down here at the lake of the Ozarks also but at least my 2 small lakes are sort of filling up but not full by any means. I am down to 7 big round bales of hay and 3 small squares but that will last me till spring unless we do not get enough rain the have hay and if that happens we are all in trouble
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In the drought map we're in a watch,on the crop moisture map we're in surplus. Go figure. Seems to be plenty of moisture,just depends on normal rains,just like always.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We are in much the same boat, I noticed today that it looks like the ponds that still have water have taken a big hit around here the last couple of weeks. One of these I saw from the road the other is in a pasture I have rented for 10 years, the pond is about 4 acres and is down to about 2 I walked out to it this afternoon. I have 6 pastures and of the 6 there are 2 that will have water this summer if we don't see some moisture. I have not hit panic mode but if we don't have some rain this spring and summer I may be forced to sell my cow herd. I am planning on putting about half of my ground to wheat behind beans this fall and if this happens I will only plant about 30 acres of corn next year.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Erik,I have been thru your area twice recently on the way to
Topeka and have noticed how dry you are..All you have to do
is get south and east of Ottawa and things are lots
better..Hopefully your turn will come..We got 3.2" on Jan 29th
that ran water,
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We are between moderate and severe here in east central SD. I only got half the hay last season that I normally put up. Not looking much better this year. We had enough subsoil moisture to carry the crops last year but this year is looking dismal. On the bright side we have plenty of snow. The creeks and ponds should fill up come spring but the fields are bare so not much will soak in. Gonna be an interesting year ahead too say the least...

Casey in SD
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Guys, I feel for the ones of you that still aren't getting any rain. Here in central Ga we got over 8 inches in the last week!I left my truck and lowboy on the backside of a customers field where I was doing some trackhoe work for him before it started raining and now I can't even drive a pickup to it much less get the truck and lowboy back to higher ground.My father has always said that a lot can change with the weather in 7 days and he was right.Ten days ago we were in the same shape a lot of you are in and now all the creeks are running and both major rivers in central Ga are over flood stage.Most everybody here is gearing up for big irrigated corn acerage but until the rain came the wells going dry that runs a lot of the pivots was the main thing on most everybodys mind.Just keep saying an extra prayer and hope the rains come.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Super dry here in southern mn. Doesn't matter with a couple feet of frost in the ground, but its dry.

Frankly if we get enough rain to get over the drought, we won't get a crop planted. Our clay soil doesn't let the water perk down, so we are pretty much destined to suffer from drought or flood this summer, there just isn't time to get enough water into the subsoil to make things right.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Same way here. Ponds filled up in the last 3 weeks, but the ground is still bone dry. Last year made 1/3 the amount of hay we normally make for the first cut. There basically wasn't a second or third cutting to speak of.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Animal, Guys, TEXAS!!! We are IN one major league Drought! A single 1 in, 2 in, 3 in, rain event will not even put a dent in how far behind we are in rain. Useing an average of 30 to 36 +++ inches in a given yr we are at least 1 full yr of rain behind the Curve here. That is why area Lakes are Critically Low! the Aquifer is dropping , no real rain over the recharge zone.
Area Sale barns are running record low #s. or every other week or so. Excell Beef Packers closed their Plainview, Tx Plant 2 weeks ago! Cattle numbers are way down. If this continues we have yet to see the full impact of the lower Cattle #s out there!
Livestock are still going to town! In Texas you can rest your land for 3 yrs before you need to put something back on! It a good time to rest your pastures, fix fence and things and wait and be glad you are sleeping at nights!
Most area Lakes are at about 1/3 full , or 2/3 empty, not a great place to be going into spring and No real Winter rain to speak of!
Here in Texas we are still in a world of hurt and NO Relief in sight!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:55 am    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here in north-central Kentucky, we've had a good bit of rain scattered out in several "rain events" since last fall. Ground moisture is back to near normal, and we've even been categorized as being excessively wet. Funny thing....We were at that exact same point this time LAST year. Then we had a dry, early spring, hot dry summer, and were considered by some to be the epicenter of the drought in early summer. Just west of us was burnt to a crisp by July.

So...Even with plenty of moisture NOW, I'll wait until next growing season is far enough along to call it good before I uncross my fingers and relax.

Somehow, seeing your crops jump out of the ground and looking like you've got a bin buster in the works, just to watch 'em dry up and fail, it doesn't seem any better than just failing from the get go once everything is said and done.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:59 am    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good rain in past 45 days here in SC but my 1/3 full pond hasnt changed. 4 years of well below normal rainfall in midlands will require a lot of excess to catch up. Some parts of the state have not seen this and are in much better shape. Our corn and beans had plenty of water in north part of the state last year.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:30 am    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ya most years I stop baling before the hay barn is full but last year barn never did get full due to lack of hay to bale due to being to dry. When I bale hay I do so till the barn is full and then if some one wants the stuff still in the field I will bale it but other wise it stays in the field for the horses and deer etc
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:59 am    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It doesn't look dry here at first glance but dig down 8" and you find dry dirt. Ponds have a little water in them but once it warms up it won't last. I wish I could run more cows, I put up a 100' bag of corn silage and I don't think I will get near all of it fed up. I took a pickup load of hay to the auction yesterday good 4th cut alfalfa and got $4.10/bale. They had 3500+ bales there, and I thought we had a drought last year.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Drought Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here in troy ,mo we are still dry the pond is low ,need some more rain hopefully in march and april other wise hay is gona be short again. If it starts out dry might send the rest of cows to the auction. Will just have to wait and see.
 
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