Cotton Shower

Rain falling in mid June through July is often called a cotton Shower. Giving the cotton crop the need moisture boost to make a crop.

Well we got one hell of a cotton shower yesterday. An unexpected, unforecast rain storm pact over southwest Oklahoma dropping from 4 to as much as 10 inches of rain in some areas.

Rain caused many so called ‘water rescues‘ that’s really in most cases some idiot that tried to cross a water flooded low area or cross a bridge that was under water. Several vehicles were washed down stream.
Many county roads and bridges were washed out. It will take many months to repair flood damaged roads and bridges.

A farmer north of me spent many hours rescuing his farm equipment. He had left his tractors and equipment parked on a river bottom corn field. The day before he had been cultivating his corn crop. This morning his corn field is under 5 feet of water.

Sad smile… my chickens spent the day on their roost… hen house was filled with 6 or so inches of water.

Crops and gardens that drain off within 48 hours will likely survive but will have much less produce at harvest time. Most if not all unharvested wheat will likely be lost. Once the wheat stems fall to the ground their is no way salvage the crop. Added to flooded fields, damp weather can allow wheat that remains in the field to sprout in the head making it worthless and will be plowed under when fields dry.

As for my tiny farm, I received 4 inches of rain in less than 2 hours.

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11 responses to “Cotton Shower

  1. I can relate! This is one of our more soggy springs ever. I guess we picked a fairly good spot, when it does pour like that, it is usually gone in 12-24 hrs. The poor guys along the Platte River can get flooded (2013 was horrific) and it wont leave – but not so much on our little piece of heaven. So glad your chickens were smart and stayed up! Good Luck! Hang in there!

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  2. Seems to be doing the rounds, this excess rain.

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  3. So sorry to hear about this. Just a little to the North of you and I fear we are headed for a dry summer. Just a few weeks ago some were complaining about too much rain.

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    • Sad Smile… farming is a high risk occupation.
      Grin … another storm is passing over my place as I type. So far I have received an additional inch with more to follow…
      Better mud on my feet than sand in my eyes…
      Happy gardening

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  4. There is nothing so evocative as reading a post from a particular person and place to make circumstances real. I am sorry for the damages and losses of all the farmers caught under this deluge.

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    • Thanks and know that we are a hardy bunch at heart. We live with the ‘it’s going to be better next year’ attitude. And sometimes it is better next year.
      Happy gardening

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