It has been a long busy week – post 4th of July holiday weekend.
To bring you up to date on my latest whining about our dry weather spell, today soil temperature at the 4 inch depth is 89 or 90 degrees. Available plant moisture form soil surface to the 24 inch depth is (zero) 0 percent. Can’t get much dryer than that). NWS Mesonet Station 2 miles south of my tiny farm
The 4th came off without a hitch even though we did not shoot off any fire works(To dry and fire pron) this year. Small children and big kids still all seemed to have a good time enjoying a day long BBQ with lots of burgers, hotdogs, hotlinks with all potato salad, sweet ice tea and cold watermelons you could eat. Grin … daughter and son-n-law’s horse and Jackass even got into the act, receiving more than their share of leftover melon.
I have been out looking for a feeder pig this week. I’m really disappointed at the asking prices and the poor quality pigs I have looked at so far. Live feeder pigs weighing 30 to 50 pounds are up about $0.35 to $0.70 a pound from this same time last year.
Wheat crop is in, custom cutters have move north to Kansas and Nebraska. Farms that have in the past produced up to 120 bushels an acre this year struggled to hit the cost of production(break even yield) crop yield of 16 to 20 bushels an acre. Farmers can’t stay in business long if they can’t make a living wage / profitable crop yield.
Cost of farming has gone sky high in the past few years. Many farmers will spend $800.00 to $1,000.00 a day in fuel cost alone to deep plow readying the field to plant next years crops. Add that to planting seed cost and fertilizer cost, I really don’t know how any farmer stays in business.
Driving around I am seeing many ranchers are once again culling their cattle herds, cutting them to the bare bones. Keeping only a few of their very best breeders to rebuild their herds when this long running dry spell breaks and it starts raining again.
No wheat pasture remains, Native and planted pasture grass is quickly going brown, some will be killed before we get our next rain. Sudan planted for summer grazing should be head high (6 ft tall). Most of what I have seen is only about knee high and is showing all the signs of heat and dry stress.
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