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#31 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 02:41 PM

I could use a bit down here. It was 105 on the front porch at 2:30PM. That's in the shade with a digital thermometer.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 04:20 PM

I could use a bit down here. It was 105 on the front porch at 2:30PM. That's in the shade with a digital thermometer.


At those temps, it sure gets dry quick!

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 04:22 PM

It's 106 now!

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 05:26 PM

It's 106 now!


Now that's HOT!

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 05:59 PM

105 in the shade of the shop here Kenny, this is too early to be this hot.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 06:08 PM

Here is the pastures behind my home. A wild turkey is trying his luck for supper. The green is almost totally weeds or white clover, grass is all burnt up.

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These are pics of my yard.

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My garden is doing great still, but have used at least a few thousand gallons of water so far, and sprinkling tonight.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 06:16 PM

Daniel, Your place has always been so green and perdy. I hate to see that up in your part of the world. That is going to make it hard to make hay there.
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Posted June 25, 2012 - 06:24 PM

There is no hay to be made. I have 3 acres of alfalfa to cut for the baby calves, and I think we'll get maybe 45 small square bales out of all the 3 acres. Gotta cut it as ya gotta get what you can. The bottom of the alfalfa is dropping the burnt up leaves. We have enough rolled hay if it will ever rain to get the pasture growing again. Feeding rolled hay right now, which we almost never have had to do in summer. It's looking like 1983 all over again. We are within 1 year of paying off all the farm debt, or were. We'll be losing a fortune if rain doesn't come in time. Back up goes the debt if rains stay away.

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Posted June 26, 2012 - 11:18 AM

It sure is a shame all that rain in Fla can't be channeled up to you all who need it. I hope things change for you soon Daniel, our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

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Posted June 26, 2012 - 11:39 AM

We WILL have silage no matter what, but quality is what is in question. If it develops no or little grain, the silage will be very light in protein & energy, which we will have to buy in a mixed feed supplement. Impossible to say how much extra that will cost us until the time comes. If we have no extra grain to shell for the bins, that will be about a 30 to 40 grand loss. Also, drought stressed silage is high in nitrites, which can poison cows. There are feed ingredients to counter the nitrites though.
I just took a ride on the 4 wheeler around one of the worst fields. It wasn't quite as bad as it looks from home, but bad never the less. The other 2 fields next to it are actually better than I had thought possible, but still in dire need of rain.
Last night the temps went down to 59F, so that helped the corn recover overnight. Going to heat back up tomorrow, then hit 100+ the following 2 days. There is still hope of the corn recovering, but the weather has certainly got to change.
The bad thing for grain farmers is if they have failure, they have nothing at all for income. Our bad corn will still at least make some form of silage, so we get some form of return of investment, but grain farmers will only have expenses/losses.

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Posted June 27, 2012 - 04:19 PM

100 here in north MO today!

I've been watering the gardens at least once/week. They're mulched, so it doesn't take as much, but I still dread the water bill (especially since we get to pay sewer charge on the water that goes into the ground)! Lots of carrying to the flower beds too!

At least my income doesn't depend on the rain (directly) anymore!

We lost our tow Koi today 18" & 19", had to be water quality because of the heat! The goldfish in the same pond are OK (so far). We probably won't replace them, they were close to 20 years old. ~~ Lowell

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Posted June 27, 2012 - 04:34 PM

Such a shame to lose Koi you've had that long. Glad I don't pay sewage on my water bill!

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Posted June 27, 2012 - 06:05 PM

Sorry about your fish, that's too bad.

Daniel, any clouds on the horizon yet?

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Posted June 27, 2012 - 06:34 PM



Daniel, any clouds on the horizon yet?


Chances of rain pushed back from Saturday to Tuesday, and still just 20% chance. It just isn't looking good. Gonna hit 100+ the next few days too, so we'll watching the corn dry out even more. Depressing.....and bank breaking.

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Posted June 27, 2012 - 06:51 PM

Dan, sorry to hear this. I talked to my daughter in Western Kansas, they were at 110* yesterday. No rain insight for them either!




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