No wonder we've been dry

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No wonder we've been dry

Post by wbvs58 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:09 am

Rainfall for 2019 was 345 mm. Our average rainfall is 860 mm. No wonder we've been struggling. Here's hoping for a bit better in 2020.

All the best for the New Year everyone.

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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by Bright Raven » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:23 am

A prosperous, peaceful and gratifying New Year to you Ken. Oh, a wet New Year.
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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by greggy » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:45 am

Yep...the big dry for nearly all of us....nothing will grow this year...

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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by Redgully » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:08 am

This side of the country going ok, but you guys over there are copping it all! But i heard the monsoons are showing signs of firing up, so you will probably get the worst flood in 600 years to break the drought.

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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by cowgal604 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:31 pm

We are in a monsoon. 20mm of rain expected by noon today and we are supposed to get 60mm in the next 3 days. I am soaked and I am praying for no foot rot.

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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by 1982vett » Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:11 pm

We had 75% of our average rainfall by the end of June. Now we are going to be about 11% short for the year.....
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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by Caustic Burno » Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:55 pm

1982vett wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:11 pm
We had 75% of our average rainfall by the end of June. Now we are going to be about 11% short for the year.....
We have had 45 inches through November. December hasn’t recorded yet, we haven’t received 13 inches to bring us to normal.
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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:17 pm

We're at 62.28" and had a 3 month drought from July till October.
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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by Nesikep » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:49 pm

cowgal604 wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:31 pm
We are in a monsoon. 20mm of rain expected by noon today and we are supposed to get 60mm in the next 3 days. I am soaked and I am praying for no foot rot.
soggy and raining up here too.. I fed hay for the first time today because I had to get the cows off my freshly seeded field before it started thawing..
I just hope it comes down as snow on the mountains
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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by gcreekrch » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:45 pm

8 inches of wet snow today. Forecast is for two feet by the weekend. We fed one bunch of cows today so the regime of chores has really started. All will get fed tomorrow.

After such a terrible wet summer we sure had a hay saver of a fall.

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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by Nesikep » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:31 am

wbvs58 wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:09 am
Rainfall for 2019 was 345 mm. Our average rainfall is 860 mm. No wonder we've been struggling. Here's hoping for a bit better in 2020.

All the best for the New Year everyone.

Ken
You got about what our lower average is, but we have a mountain for water.. Really dry year is 200mm, average is around 400, probably at around 600 this last year, was pretty wet
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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by kjonesel » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:07 am

This past year was a challenge. Wet spring lost calves due to mud and rain. Lost almost all of my yearlings due to botulism. Sold almost half of my cows this fall due to lack of quality hay and none available for purchase in the area. This year has to be better.

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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by 1982vett » Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:10 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:55 pm
1982vett wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:11 pm
We had 75% of our average rainfall by the end of June. Now we are going to be about 11% short for the year.....
We have had 45 inches through November. December hasn’t recorded yet, we haven’t received 13 inches to bring us to normal.
I’m a little amazed about the pastures. Being short on rainfall my pastures are still producing enough winter grasses to supplement my less than stellar quality hay I’m feeding. I did find one bale they pretty much don't want to eat. Got about 30 rolls off that patch.
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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by Caustic Burno » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:55 pm

It is raining now.
Rye grass is deep for this time of year.
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Re: No wonder we've been dry

Post by T & B farms » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:09 pm

We’ve had the wettest year I ever remember. It’s a wonder I’m not bald after 2019. Some farms I planted 4 times. Corn got flooded out twice, so gave up and planted them to beans. They got flooded out the first time. And got about 1/2 stand the second time. Between corn, beans, and wheat I replanted over 1800 acres in 2019. Irrigation never had to be turned on once.

So far 2020 is looking about the same. 2” of rain on the 30th. Looks like another fun winter of feeding cows. It never even got dry enough to haul in rock and repair driveways/feeding areas this summer.

I’ve never been one to stress and complain, but last year sure wasn’t enjoyable.

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