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#196 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 09:22 AM

That is great news Daniel! I am very happy to hear to hear you are getting the rain you need! :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
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Posted July 13, 2012 - 09:41 AM

Was using my fertilizer nurse tank but that got too small. This is what I am using as a war wagon on the drought right now. 2000 Gallon. I am on city water but my neighbor with a well is filling the tank for me. About 1 load a day. Man do I owe this guy!

This was a water spreader I had built for the Freedom Tractor Pulls till they were canceled by the town board. Just hung onto it and am glad I did. Just doing flood irrigation but it did save my first round of corn.


That's pretty innovative that you can swing that piece of PVC out and put it into the furrows. This is the way we water most of our crops here. A lot of people do use wheel lines and center point sprinkler systems are taking a hold, but most row crops and alfalfa are watered through furrrows and flood irrigation.

This drought has been especially hard on those areas of the country that depend on rainfall to water crops.

Here in Utah, we only get about 11-13 inches of rainfall a year. We do tend to get a lot of snowpack, and have a lot of large reservoirs that we collect the water in. Then it's either piped or runs through canals and ditches to the farms, etc.

This works well if you have mountains and places to make the reservoirs, (also great recreation areas with boating, fishing, etc.) but wouldn't work on the Great Plains or other flatlands...

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 09:46 AM

I'll do a rain dance for you fellas. You need it! There was an article on the news today about the dry spell and the affect it will have on the corn crop. The local dairy farmers association was commenting that the price of corn will be much higher due to the lower crop yields down south. So the pain from the dry spell has spread to the dairy farmers all the way up here.


Yeah, it won't just affect dairy farmers. Price for any corn-fed livestock or poultry will go higher--probably won't help those that product the corn, though.

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 09:47 AM

It's almost like a dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:

This is a small line, with big broad rains coming in behind it. This has been way too long a dry spell. Relief at last! :worshippy2:



Praise God!!!
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Posted July 13, 2012 - 09:48 AM

Great to hear that you finally getting the rain you so badly need. Hopefully this will take away some of the stress that you and other farmers live with daily.

Bill

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 09:48 AM

Ducky,
That tank looks like a full load sure hope you don't have to pull it up and down many hills.

Bill


I'll say!!! Water weighs 8 lbs per gallon so that's 16,000 lbs or 8 tons when full. Then you have the weight of the tank and the wagon...

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 01:39 PM

I'm at work and we got rain this morning in Des Moines, first in 2 weeks. Won't know till I get home if the front dropped rain on my place. The Garden will have to be watered tonight if not. I dug about 40 ft row of potatoes last night. Nice potatoes but only got an average of two potatoes per plant. Never got rain at the right time to produce. My Sweet corn is tassled out and am not sure I'll get any?

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 02:08 PM

It has rained about 1/2 the day so far. Not sure how much total, but substantial. More on our doorstep about to start to fall. I've been digging post holes for a hospital pen I am building onto the north side of our milk parlor, and I'm soaked. I can't remember the last time that has happened. Yes, LOTS of stress lifted, but always stress on most any farm, especially dairy, or any with livestock for that matter. I figure well end up with 2 1/2" rain before it's over. We've already gotten enough to make the corn rebound a lot, as this rain will finish out the corn for silage. Grain corn might need some more rain later.

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 02:25 PM

Thankful., one day at a time :thumbs:
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Posted July 13, 2012 - 02:27 PM

I am so glad to hear you are getting the rain you need. I am glad I never got around to planting my sweet corn. I've been watering from well.
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Posted July 13, 2012 - 04:10 PM

Daniel, glad you got more rain. It might be a little late for some things, but at least you got some!

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 05:42 PM

Well, out of nowhere we are getting a major downpour. WooHoo!

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 05:44 PM

Well, out of nowhere we are getting a major downpour. WooHoo!

:dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: Wonderful!!!!!!
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Posted July 13, 2012 - 05:48 PM

I had no idea rain was even close. The wind came up and I heard thunder. Looked out side and it was pouring!

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 05:50 PM

Looks like you're in for more too! :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :thumbs:




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