Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Corn Forcast

The corn has been under a lot of stress during crucial growing stages and the harvest forcast is uncertain. Due to the lack of rain and boiling temperatures, the corn tasseled earlier than it should have in many of our fields. Smaller ears of corn = smaller yields

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What the hay?

Last week we were busy cutting, raking, baling, stacking and hauling hay... All men (and women) were on board with this operation. Unfortunately, due to the extreme heat and the dry conditions, we didn't nearly the amount of hay from our fields as we normally do. Hopefully the weather will start to cooperate and our next cutting will be better.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hot, Hotter, Hottest

The spring around here came and went quickly, ending with a sucker punch of fierce storms. We survived the tornadic weather with little more than a few down fences and trees. Following the storms came the hot weather. What started out with a normal hot southern summer soon turned into a record breaking heat wave. Temperatures soared into the 100's and there was no rain in sight. We went nearly 42 days without a drop of rain and when it finally came, it was only in spots.

Here's a look at what's been happening around here...

The creek is nearly dry 

barn cats hiding from the sun

our new road

up close view of the new road

luckily we have irrigation now!

bone dry roads

the familiar summer haze has returned

our new drainage system for the irrigation

Brittany hosing down the horses

...and returning them to the pasture

more irrigation

the cows are also trying to beat the heat