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Rain deadline

July 25, 2011

 Heat and drought continue to choke our farmland. South Central Kansas has recorded more than 30 days of 100-plus temperatures, about three times the annual average. Rainfall? Little to none. We had a few raindrops overnight, but the total was less than 1/10 in. That’s the only rain we’ve had on our farm since mid-June. We received very little moisture last spring and winter.

These conditions have my farmer worried. Even though the 2012 wheat harvest is about 11 months away, the next few weeks are critical to determining yield. A wheat plant’s potential is heavily influenced by soil condition at planting time. So, wheat seed planted in soil with good moisture, among other factors including fertility, has better chance for success. That’s even if the rest of the growing season is dry. This past year helped proved that fact for us.

So, we continue to pray for rain, but with a new urgency. We need rainy days in the next 8 weeks.

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4 Responses to “Rain deadline”

  1. Tammy Says:

    Prayers from here to you and your crops Lynn.


  2. Always thankful for your good thoughts, Tammy. Think I should pray for both rain and patience…


  3. Hi Lynn,

    Hope all is well, beside the fact that you are in the middle of a drought. We work with a number of grain elevators in Kansas and they are all saying the same thing. One contact noted that morning that “silage cutting everywhere” is taking place. His corn crop estimate for the state is “under 400 mil bu.” vs. 581 last yaer.

    Hope you get some rain and cooler temps soon.

    Brian Basting


  4. Good to hear from you, Brian. It’s pretty incredible — and we’re not even in the worst of it. We’re seeing in SC Kansas what your contact is seeing. Farmers are trying to salvage something from the corn. The weather pattern has to change sometime, right?


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