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Rainy Season: Take Two

4 Sep

You might remember that the first part of summer was really wet here.  We had a hard time planting, there was flooding, and it was just wet.  After a drought of July, our August was more normal, but now we’re back to what seems like endless rain.

Saturday night my phone went off three times to tell me I was in a flood warning.

rain from Saturday overnight

Luckily, Sky doesn’t mind hanging out in the rain while I’m out doing chores and milking.

Sky

Because it’s quite dangerous to leave a bored German shepherd unattended in the house.  Tormenting the cat is the least trouble he can get into.

Noelle and Sky

There’s mud all over in the barnyard.

Reva in the doorway

The ground is saturated, and the water is rushing across the top of the pasture (you can see where the grass is knocked down).

There’s tons of water running through the tile too.

I had planned on using my Labor Day weekend to try and get a lot of the barn scooped out, but that didn’t happen.

Mary

I can’t scoop when everyone is stuck in the barn trying to stay dry.

Litha (front); Bambi and Daisy (behind)

For some reason, it seems like it’s always raining when I’m trying to milk.  That really makes it fun (Did you catch the sarcasm?).

Zinnia

But at least my girls are really good about coming back from pasture when it’s time to milk.  If I remember correctly, it did start raining again before I got finished milking after this picture was taken.

Cinnamon leading the girls up to milk; Tony Llama eating under the tree

I just hope that all this rain ends before it’s time to harvest.

Otherwise it won’t matter how great my yields are.

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Draining the Rain

29 Jun

My nephew and I went out to fix the fence that washed out and then we proceeded to get another four inches of pouring rain overnight (the rain I shared with you yesterday).  I waited a day and then went back out to finish the one last bit–I had to add a piece of cattle panel to cover a hole that had been ripped in the wire netting.  Unfortunately, because all the cornstalks and old debris from the field had washed with the last pounding rain, this time, it was silt washing from the fields.  Even in my no-till field, there was quite a bit of silt.

The Ranger made it through, but when I got to where I needed to fix fence, it was quite a little pond.

The tile intake was buried except for that tiny bit sticking out, and it was completely covered in water.

While I looked around to find something to push the silt away from the drain, I heard water running.  I followed the sound, and I found a small hole where the water was going down.  Some poor critter seems to have been flooded out of their home, but it was really helping get the water down to the tile.

I continued scavenging and found an old pole.  It had been used to fasten the gate shut before we put the new gates in, and it was still attached to the woven wire.  Luckily, I had brought bolt cutters to cut my piece of cattle panel, so I cut it from the wire and used it to push the silt away from the intake.  Then we really started draining some water!  Video linked below.

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It doesn’t take long to drain when the water can actually get to the drain.

Just about the time I got done pulling silt away from the intake, a frog jumped over to say “hi.”

I finally had enough water drained to go fix the fence.

arrow pointing to the hole

I just put a chunk of cattle panel behind the hole and wired it in place.

I was still standing in water, but it was already a lot less than when I got there.

Before I opened the drain, that big flat shelf of rich topsoil (not to mention all the yellow intake) had been under water.

I figured I better go check the other two tile intakes in the Back Forty.  The first one was fine.  Again, you can see the ledge of topsoil that was just deposited along the running water.

The last tile intake was open too.  I had to use the pole to move the grass so I could see it though.

Hopefully, we get a break from the rain.  And I think the fence is ready for me to let the animals back out there as soon as the kids can keep up with their moms in pasture.

Still Raining

28 Jun

I believe in the last two weeks we’ve had about fifteen inches of rain.  We really have gone from one extreme to the other.

Now we really need to get a break from the rain.  There’s mud everywhere!

Hilda outside, (can’t tell which kid) and Odie in the door

The crops are in desperate need of a break.

corn field

Sky wants more time out in the yard to play with his jolly ball.

Sky

It’s hard to enjoy the flowers and pick cherries when it’s constantly raining.

spiderworts

lily

But not back to drought conditions please.