Two inches in the gauge this morning, total of the last three days and once again we are put in the awful position of being happy at a circumstance that brought others five and six inches of rain, plus extensive damage. Even with the way we have lucked out so far for the last three years, we have gotten far too much rain and far too many rainy days. Whatever the causes of the current climate upsets, it is certainly true that the water cycle is broken.
It is satisfying to think that at the present time, our entire farm with the exception of 45 or 50 acres that is in standing ripening corn, has living roots in the soil. After three springs and summers of coping with lumps and hard crusts to try to make seedbeds, we are happy that we pushed ourselves and the equipment to the limit to get oats sowed back on the land where we had to destroy corn to control weeds that we couldn't cultivate in June, as well as land that we harvested grain from in late August. We had three days, during which we also needed to make the final crop of hay, to get it accomplished and we made it.
Currently, we have 100 acres in permanent grass/clover pasture, 50 acres in corn, 60 acres in grass/alfalfa hay, 30 acres in complex cover crop for annual hay and fifty acres in oats cover. I wish these last 50 acres were in perennials, but am happy to have the oats there. This is important. This is for the future and not just next year either. We and all other farmers need to learn some new things. Our only impact upon the weather is a very indirect one and that is our soil and how we manage it.