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05-01-2014 07:44 PM
now lets see how last years wheat stubble handled the last ten days----- it was similar wheat last spring.
Three views from the same spot in the field. and a few places are worse.
It was a hell of a blow.
05-02-2014 12:18 AM
Looks awful! I feel your pain.
You can tell there is some money in the air if you're a wheat buyer up here. The commentary by a grain consolidator around here on a down day was that the Southern Plains was going to be all fixed up by future predicted rain patterns. I think they depend on guys up here not beening 'connected' and maybe getting producers to sell more on which they are almost guaranteed to make a margin. I just don't understand how they can lie like a rug and go home to family later. But I'm familiar with the pattern. It tells me to wait and play the opposite side of their game. Sure a sign as I know.
05-02-2014 01:38 AM - edited 05-02-2014 01:40 AM
Sorry Palouser, I didn't help your wheat tour report. They never come this far away from K state and central Kansas/okla is the wheat belt. Unfortunately lack of wheat does not always mean higher prices. And our inconsistancy of production really hijacks local marketing strategies. And make it hard to go for top production.
As I do the corn belt, I admire the production consistency of your area. The few who stay and make a future in this area are not so much good farmers, but they have to be great problem solvers. Adapting to a new issue that makes this year (or 4 years) different.
Getting mad and upset, is a foolish and self destructive choice similar to spitting into the "wind".
It is a special character that succeeds in this area. A combination of toughness and humility, that understands how insigmificant he is. The guys who yearn for consistancy and formula farming are in the wrong place here. And if they can't live in humility, this is not the place. Few ideas that works anywhere else will work here three years in a row.
And few spouses are willing to endure a week like this. We test and measure a partner in a little different way. There is dust involved.
I have been reading the discouragement in your words for some time. Take care of the things you can handle or fix. And be strong enough to let go of the weight of issues you can't. Get something (or someone) on the priority list above farming. And know that the old saying "Next year will be better" is right half the time.
I am gonna spend an hour or two hunting arrow heads like I did as a kid in the 50's, get some seed in the drill, and tractor pack some deep plowing so we can get some spots back under control. And hope next year is better ------- It is half the time.
05-02-2014 06:46 AM
Excellent sw," what comes from the heart goes to the heart." With your literary skills you could write a book. What a differance 600 miles makes. Yesterday we took a trip to eastern IA to pick up some trees we ordered,(white pines) near Cascade. It was a 400 mile plus loop throught the heart of Iowa.
We did not see one tractor or wheel turning. Why, because of the wide spread 2" plus rain that has fallen the last 5 days. The sun has not shown for 5 days, but today it is shining. I would have gladly given you the rain we had if it was in my power to do so, but it is not. Stay humble, for someday you will hear "the sound of abundance of rain" and things will be green again.
05-02-2014 08:18 AM
SW, Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures. I am one of those formula farmers you spoke of and know that you are correct that most of us could not do what you do. You are a special breed to take on the challenges your area presents. This I think is one of the best posts I have read here. Your comment about your wife was especially nice. We ask a lot of our wives to share the struggles we accept as part of our choice to farm. Sometimes I believe they are stronger than we are. Please know that you and the southern plains are in our prayers as you deal with what Mother Nature is sending you.
05-02-2014 09:40 AM
Well said my friend. I do think spouses have to deal with a lot, sometimes because they have to stand by and watch us stew. I'm famous for not worrying about a thing but our area may have as much to do with it as my nature, as you've correctly pointed out.
I also don't worry about 'passing it on' as both my kids have careers away from farming that are as rewarding to them as they are impressive to me. That can be a real source of tension in families and I've seen it trigger behavior and frustration that has caused problems. There was a time in the 90's I thought I'd walk away from farming but my family insisted I continue as they had a heritage of farming from the earliest days in New England to the earliest days in California after the gold rush to now. True pioneers that followed their instincts. I didn't need much help but I'd always said if I couldn't walk away from it with no debt then I it was past time but, obviously things worked out and I never looked back.
Looking back, I'm grateful for the support at a time that some can never get. It can make all the difference.
05-02-2014 02:23 PM