State of the Farm

Those dreary old drought conditions experienced over the last 2 years had nearly cleared my memory of the Spring Flush and its audacious power as a propeller of life. This spring, with its light but frequent rains and regular cooling fronts, have provided what seems to be a return to more normal conditions for Mother Nature’s season of renewal. The cascading effect of moisture that starts at the microbial level, feeds the roots, grows the grasses, flowers and clovers and fattens the creatures above is a source of great contentment for all creatures, great and small. Cattle are sustained by hay but get fat on green grass, clovers and herbs.

For the last two years I had recalled its beauty and power only as a fond  memory. This year, recollection has been unnecessary. It’s in my face. Whoo hoo!

The bigger question: what does a return to real spring mean for the year? Are we going to find ourselves in something akin to  normal rainfall?

Starting with this calendar year, we are at 80% of normal, much better than the 35-40% we have experienced over the previous 2 years. The past few years have taken me out of the prediction business. The weather pattern is not one experienced in 24 years of operating a farm enterprise. But I will say this - we are in a much improved spring and maybe, just maybe, the spring portends a transition to more hospitable weather.  Still too early to tell. May and June are going to have to produce serious rain in order to keep the trend intact. We don’t expect perfection, but we hope for something closer to normal. That will do for this year as we climb out of this hole.

Postscript: just as we go to press with this edition, we record a total of 2.5 inches over a 60 hour period. Yes! 

JVF