About a quarter inch for the week up here. It was disappointing but we've been wet for so many years in a row, eventually you have to pay your dues.
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No stinkin drought huh. Well since last rain it hasn't rained for two weeks. Just sunny days. this weekend,,NO rain,,,Next week NO rain. Extended forecasts for first week of Oct. NO rain. Bet most all of Iowa goes a month,,4 weeks, NO rain. And that is not dry ? Well all in your attitude I guess. there will be rain this weekend. Up North in Minn ,Wis,,and Mich. My first attempt at Brass,,back in Aug, a failure. My second attempt at rye and oat,,is up now, but has stopped growing and is turning a bit yellow. With zero rain in the forecast for the next 2 weeks, Pretty sad when you cant keep a stand of rye alive in Iowa in the Fall,, ,Well at least I tried! I know,,The negative loneranger again.
Lil perspective.... most folks doing this here for “enjoyment, fulfillment of hard work, deer hunting, etc”. Which I get it and I’ve dealt with ups & downs on this. Love it!!!
Then, A lot of folks out there who’s livelihoods depend on weather & could be majorly stressed out during drought years. I remember checking 5 different weather things about 3-4 times a day for weeks. & know u can’t control it. Can be stressful.
Little take aways though.... what are guys who do this for their livelihood do to “prepare” for inevitable drought? There’s many of the keys!!!! A long & complex list & huge can of worms!!!! But... NO TILL!!! I’ll repeat this til I’m blue in the face... if u are constantly having crop failures due to drought- quit tearing up the soil- removing all moisture & creating soil conditions that don’t hold moisture. Build up organic matter (cover crops, diversity, etc), seed rough ground down to stuff like alfalfa or legumes. Plant crops early so canopy early. Have armor on the soil - for trees or crops (mulch, pushed down cover crops, etc). & yes- farmers do irrigate as well which isn’t as practical but not the common route in my area. I honestly don’t know of one irrigation rig in my county. What u can do for & to the soil is endless. Some are fast results, others take a few years. Or a matter of “stopping” some steps that are counter productive. Attitude maybe is part of it - I guess to me, it’s the part where u gotta push through, not give up, be willing to try new things and realize anything great often has some challenges & obstacles. Good luck to u all. Keep at it.
Minn slick,,,You have the best chance of showers over the next week! Up there in Minn. Farmin is a tough gamble. Why there is crop insurance. My little attempt at agriculture with a walk behind tiller and some seed is just a hobby, pass time, exercise. Plots very small. No equipment. Dont amount to nothin. Just observing,,,, weather seems to be trending more extreme. All or nothing. Rain that won't stop,,or nothing...