State of the Farm

Uh oh. After seven splendid months of bountiful rain, the spigot was turned off. We expect August to be dry, and the first half of September usually is too. But then the rains start again, leading into our wettest month, October. That’s the norm. But this year is the “abnorm”. And this dryness has our bovines drawing down on the fats they have been putting away in the first seven months. So we’re going backwards a little bit as I write. Water is the indispensable element in the grass business.

The lack of water affects not only our summer grasses but threatens our coming winter pastures as well. We will spend significant time and dollars broadcasting seed this month, seed that will fall on dry ground. And dryness compounds the planting problem because it also prevents us from disking the surface to expose soil to greet the seed. Assuming the rain does come sometime this fall, the seed won’t have the quicker germination that exposed soil gives it. The winter grasses will be delayed at best, meaning we may have to import some stored grass (hay) in order to fill the gap.

In the farming business, you place your bet and take your chances. The unpredictability keeps it interesting. But as Chicken George said, “ya gotta have a plan B”.

Plan B we have. But plan A is our preference so watch the skies around Brenham and hope they get wet soon.

JVF