State of the Farm

It is no exaggeration when I say we have gone from drought conditions to flash flood levels in a 4 month period. The ponds and lake are full to the brim and any fast, heavy rain will quickly cause a river of water passing through the  Jolie Vue valley that divides the east side from the west at the farm. There are no complaints here, of course, just wonderment at the rapidity with which things can change. Add to that the hope that the rains continue into the early summer months so that we have grass for the entire grazing season.  If it does continue, our drought worries will be over for the year.

Just the facts, Ma’am

We finished the 13th month of extreme drought conditions on October 31st, 2011. Our first above average rain month came last November when we recorded 4.4 inches of rain against a 7 year average of 1.7 inches. That was our first hint that we either got lucky in November or something was changing. November rains were followed by 3.6 in December, 3.3 in January and a whopping 8.7 in February. Every month was hitting above its average. As I begin this report on March 6th, we have rainstorms in the forecast beginning Thursday through the weekend.  Sounds like the good rain will continue.

The Long and Short of It

In the thirteen months of the drought, we recorded 17.8 inches of rain. In the last 4 months, we have collected 20 inches. That is a huge swing. We won’t feel confident that the drought is over until we see good rain through July 4th, but we are doggoned happy with where we stand right now. Thank you for sticking with us through this valley of tears.

JVF