The rainfall the last couple of weeks has been fantastic and pretty timely for area farmers. Many were getting ready to plant seed dry and just hope for a rain. Some had already done that. Irrigated areas have seen lots of seed going into the ground, but to a man, there was not much hope heading into this crop year.
The area was well on its way into the Exceptional Drought Category on the Drought Index Map, and it didn’t look like there was much hope for any rain to fall. And, coming off a really dry year last year, and a pretty dry year the year before, things looked pretty bleak. Then the sky opened up.
Rains had been coming, but fairly spotty for the County until last week. And boom! Just like that bright bolt of lightning, it seemed the rains would not stop. Of course, no one was asking them to, either!
Some areas showed up to nearly six inches in their gauges over the rainy spell. Other areas were just under two inches, but no matter how much, it was well received. And it seemed to fall in a manner that the ground could use it all. Sometimes, the rain falls so hard and fast that it runs off and is not too helpful. But the easy rains we have had lately were just what the doctor ordered.
Talking to some of the guys, they are all really in a much better mood than they were a couple of weeks ago.
Tate Newsom said, “The rains have been awesome. These are the best planting conditions I have seen since 2007. Of course, we could use some good sunshine right now to dry it enough to let us into the fields.” Tate reported rainfall ranging from 1.75″ to 4″ at Meadow.
Another thing the guys are facing right now is the June 5 planting deadline. This is a deadline set by the FSA office. Farmers are required to have started planting in all fields by this date in order for full qualifying for insurance and government programs.
Tanner Hogue had much the same sentiments as Tate. “This has been such a welcome rainfall. I got four inches or more in some places. We went from one extreme to the other, but I am okay with that. Looks lots better than it did.”
Barrett Brown stated, “Planting has been pretty slow going in some places, due to it being just too wet to run. It is a good problem to have and we are very thankful we have this problem. The planting deadline is just a little too close for comfort, but there is no reason to worry about the things we can’t control. We will figure it out and make do, one way or another.”
Kirk Martin stated, ” The rains have been wonderful! The last month rainfall has changed a lot of attitudes. We have a couple days of planting left after we get finished sandfighting. We are off to a really good start. If we can catch an inch of rain in July and August, we could really make a good dryland crop!”
No matter who you talk to, no one is complaining about the rain. Even if it does delay planting a day or two. Everyone has high hopes that this year’s crop could be one of the best in recent years.