State of the Farm

Dry. Drier. Driest. In our 22 year history on the farm. But there is hopeful news too. Not game-changing yet, but at least ameliorating in their effects.

First. South Louisiana has been getting anything from moderate to excessive rainfall over the last couple of months, breaking their own drought. Luckily, we have good friends and family there, and have networked and located a 200 acre hay farm that will sell us 100,000 pounds of good hay at 7 ½ cents per pound, delivered to our gate. Comparing that to 11, 12 and even 16 cents per pound that we have seen this year, and you realize why we are grateful to the good people of Louisiana.

Let me say something here about farmers — they are like the utter stranger who stops to help when you are broken down on the roadside — for no good reason except they are willing to help someone in need. These Louisiana hay farmers are not trying to capitalize on Texans’ misery, though they could. God bless ‘em.

Second. As I write this month’s report, we have broken the back of 100 degree ++ heat. Let’s hope it holds, because it is huge, both for the animals and for the soil.

Third. Meteorologic factors are trying to move this La Nina high pressure ridge, which has held us ransom for 11 months now, out of Texas. Until Nina moves north, east or west (preferably west where she belongs), we will lack the life-giving rain that we must have to get off this expensive hayride.

We have been asked about the wildfires — so far, so good. We can see the Grimes - Waller fire from our hilltop but it is not close yet and we hope it stays that way. If Texas ever needed a drenching tropical storm, now’s the time.

That’s the state of the farm, folks. We pray for those of you that are in the wildfire neighborhoods and thank you all for hanging with us in these trying times.

JVF