It is surely too early to say the drought is over in Iowa.
But with two weeks left of official winter, things are looking better.
Last year we only got 20" total snowfall in Central iowa.
This Year we are already over 40" and that tops the totals for each of the last 3 yrs.
My snow removal has gone from a JD318 with a blower to a Ford 1500 Compact with a 6 ft rear blade.
And it is handling the 1/4 mile of gravel lane and 200 ft of asphalt with ease.
This is the 3rd year on this place, and the first year I would have been out of luck if my brother had not saved me on 3 occasions by pushing out the gravel with his Ford Explorer and Meyers Snow Blade.
The next big item on my List is a small 4X4 pickup(Toyota, Ranger, or even a Jeep Wrangler etc) with a snow blade. While the tractor does very well, there is no protection from the wind. And out here on the plains it is a rare day there is no wind and as I get older I can't take the wind like I used to. A Beater with a Heater would get me out of the wind.
Edited by JD DANNELS, March 07, 2013 - 09:38 AM.