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Keith Molden
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:55 am    Post subject: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I know some of you folks are in a bad spot with not enough rain, but I'd sure like to get some hay done. We've had nothing but rain or the threat of rain for the past 3 weeks and yesterday there was flash flooding all over our area and we're supposed to get another dose of it today again. I have hay that is about to be past ready but I suppose it will still feed this winter.The only bad part of it is that with the first cutting so late and probably none or very little rain in late July and August, there won't be much of a second cutting. OH well, nobody ever said that farming was gonna be easy and without any problems. On a good note, I'm not spending any money on fuel and parts with the equipment sitting in the barn. Have a good day
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:17 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Keith where are you located. I wish our locations would come up. I did my little hay yesterday and only got about a third of usual, very dry. Corn looks pretty wimpy almost like it wants to curl. Goodhue Co. MN
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:20 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Keith im not terribly far north of you perhaps 100 miles. We had an awesome week during the 3rd week of May and I went out and did half my 1st crop. And then this past weekend including Friday was execptionally nice as well and I did the other half. the reason I say all this as many neighbors skipped the 3rd week in May cuz it was considered too early. I did have a lighter than normal yield. This past weekend was a arguably a very short window and I know of at least one guy that did not want to risk it. I came out smelling like a rose and that means my second crop will probably get rained on. I do feel sorry for those in our area that have not gotten to their dry hay yet. It is quite late now and forecast is not looking good.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:21 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Rained every day for last 9-10 days in central alabama. More coming. Getting lots done in the barn........ Don't even want to think about hay, even if it stops raining today, the hay field will be way to wet to drive on.......
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:27 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Same here in Tennessee over 4 inches in last week and more today ,they are predicting dry hot next week .
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:28 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Having been very wet here for the last 3 years and then bone dry this year,I'll take the wet over the dry anytime.With wet cattle have plenty of pasture and there is hay to be cut with dry poor pasture and very little hay.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:34 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dry as a bone out here in eastern Oregon and not looking good for the summer. We had a terribly low snow pack this year in the mountains as well. Going to be a rough one out here for sure. They are already predicting shortages of hay and high prices for what can be found.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:44 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've said it before, I don't know what's worse, too wet or too dry. Too wet is frustrating and leads to anger in a hurry if anything sets me off. Too dry is just a daily grind that gets a little more depressing every day. When it gets in to late June and there's still corn to plant, every day just puts me closer to going right over the edge. Watching the grass turn brown this early in the year, well, that's a different matter.

We've had a chance of rain every afternoon this week. There's been some all around us, but none here. I finally cut some poor hay yesterday thinking maybe I could bait it in to raining.

We've been wet every spring for the past 25 years, so this drought is something I haven't had to deal with in a long time. The drought monitor this morning showed we're in a moderate, edging in to severe drought. One good deluge would make a big difference in the pastures and the corn, but after tomorrow, it looks like our rain chances are going away. The alfalfa is starting to bloom, so I might as well cut. I hate to do it because the second cutting will start back then bloom again while it's short and if we do get some rain in July, what can we do with it? Cut it and let it lay because it's too fine to rake? Then if it dries up again, the third will do the same thing.

I guess it all goes back to the old saying, Be careful what you wish for, because when I've planted corn the third week of June several times over the past 20 years, I was sure wishing for a year that I could get it all in in a few days in early May and be done with it. I did, but now what?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:19 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hopefully some rain will pop up for you.They'd been calling for some rain all week, all we had were a few good sprinkles then yesterday afternoon weather issued a flash flood warning.Say what?!
Started raining last night about 9PM with a big thunderstorm,then a good steady rain all night ,local news said over 3 inches, more rain total than we had in the last 3 months.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:21 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Many in NC, especially in the eastern half of the state, have gone from drought conditions to drowning crops in the last week. A band of 6 inch rain fell about 30 miles south of me last night. Here I have seen an inch of rain from light showers since last Sunday.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:26 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wind wind and more wind . Hooked the mower up hoping to salvage something of the crop I cant

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:28 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Too much rain here, N Texas.

Lakes are overflowing, mosquitos are swarming...

We've gone 2 days without rain now, first time since I can remember. Now the heat and humidity are on!

Better enjoy it while I can, once the rain stops, won't be any until Oct.-Nov.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:39 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

WesternColorado is in the worst drought ever.Third year in fact.Most of our reservoirs are about half,some are already empty.None of them filled this year.We started out this spring at 60% water allotment.Talked to my 'ditch rider' this morning to order water. He said they had the biggest drop in river flows ever. Gonna get ugly.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:50 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Been wet here in southern Indiana since memorial day. Beans need sprayed and corn need some 28.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:06 am    Post subject: Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Really dry here in south central MN, maybe get some today, 50% chance. Lawn is going brown, corn is hurting. If it doesn't rain today, none forecasted for over a week and above average temps. Gonna get ugly quick.
 
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