State of the Farm

On the all-important topic of moisture, we have been getting it in bits and spurts. But it is coming with a frequency that makes a difference in growing our winter rye, oats and clovers. Not enough to put any water in the ponds — they are frightfully low — but better than nothing. Last year we had ample winter rain for both purposes, but it shut off in the spring when we needed it for the summer grasses. Since it is well below last year’s winter levels this year, we hope that the two seasons will reverse themselves and we will have a wet spring. I write this in stages of course, and as I write this addendum on January 7, the forecast is for heavy rains Tuesday and Wednesday with more rain in the longer forecast. Hope this marks the beginning of a very wet winter. We need “very wet”. I'll let you know how we did in the next letter.

JVF