I am not a big domes-day girl and for the most part, I’m pretty optimistic, but the crops are not looking good for farmers in our area at all. Last week we had temps of near 100 all week and no rain. No rain for a long, long time. Longer than the corn and beans can handle it. Slowly the crops are deteriorating. It’s real sad to watch….and it’s even kind of scary. Hubby and I don’t farm on our own. He works for a farmer but is real dedicated to it and treats everything as if it were his own so it’s hard for him to see.
A gal that lives just a few miles from here blogged about the lack of rain just a few days ago. You can read and see her photos here. Some of the corn is just drying up. No rain is in the forecast for next week. Luckily the temps are supposed to be in the mid 80’s but with no rain…that is still not good.
Even though I have watered, my garden isn’t doing the best either. The farm here has a well that supports the house and the cattle. When it is so hot, we have low water pressure here in the house as the cattle are all drinking….with the temps in the upper 90’s last week and indices over 100, I only dared to selectively water the garden making sure the cattle had the priority on the water.
My pumpkins are suffering badly.
My onions have pretty much decided to end their growing season.
The flowers in my flower garden…not so good. I have prioritized to water what hadn’t bloomed yet or what were new plants. My old hardy perennials that had already bloomed didn’t get water. Now that the heat has lessened and the cattle aren’t constantly at the drinking fountain, I’ve given them a good drink but it’s too late for them to green up again for this year. They are good and hardy and will give next year another try.
We continue to try to be optimistic. We are very thankful that we didn’t loose any cattle to the heat wave like we did last year. It’s still hard to watch…and it’s hard to speculate on what can or will happen. If things continue as they are, it will eventually take a tole on all of us at the grocery store. For now, I am watering the garden what I can, when I can, and praying that rain might come in time to give us some type of field crops.