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Old 12-31-2018, 05:31 PM   #1
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Rain, Rain go away

Our normal annual rain fall is 43 inches the all time record is 58 inches. We got 62 inches of rain this year.
This sounds good for farmers but itís not. You only make hay when the sun shines and we only had a very few 7 day periods without rain. By the time the ground dried enough it was raining again. Up next to the Blueridge Parkway a lot of potatoes are grown most are still in the ground, rotten. The farmers couldnít get in the fields, too muddy. The same for corn. On a positive note it was a great growing season.
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:40 PM   #2
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Seems like it was bad for farmers in a number of places. Very dry winter in Kansas and from when we got back in late April until the first week in August we only got 1/4 inch. Then until we left in late October 18-26 inches. Then when we were back for Christmas they were finally getting some things out of the fields and they got 2 inches in one day. Most folks lost it all except what silage they got in the summer and now most of the rest are loosing the rest. Farmings always been a tough way to make a living, but it does seem to be getting harder.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:07 PM   #3
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Here in western Va not many people make a living farming. Most farms like mine it’s to just keep the land with no hope of actually making any money. Our neighbor said it takes 2 businesses to support one farm. His farm was bigger than ours.
I was through the corn belt several years ago and the corn was 3 feet tall, and then just a few stalks per acre. You feel sorry for these farmers.
I wonder is this weather or climate. I guess it’s too early to tell.
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