Beggers Can't Be Choosers

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Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:47 am

I'm standing in what's left of one of the ponds. We desperately need a gully washer with some serious runoff! We've been getting just enough rain to keep the pastures somewhat decent but our first cutting was pitiful; even baled junk prairie just to get by this winter. Got another inch last night & while Snow White is clearly happy & it did help the creeks (temporarily - it will soak in by this afternoon), it didn't do squat for the ponds.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby slick4591 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:20 am

Pastures are all but dead here. Making the cows at the farm survive on dry grass and liquid feed at the moment. Heifers at home have a little dry stuff left and I will have to put out hay soon. We got 2/10 last night and you couldn't have made a mud ball. Still have plenty of water tho.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby greybeard » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:25 am

Got about 1/2 that much here Slick.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:44 am

How is your lake holding up TC?
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:27 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:How is your lake holding up TC?

Definitely down below the spillway and the overflow is dry but better than the ponds, only because Silver Creek flows into it and literally 10 miles north has had a ton of rain. Mother Nature has a warped sense of humor.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:32 pm

slick4591 wrote:Pastures are all but dead here. Making the cows at the farm survive on dry grass and liquid feed at the moment. Heifers at home have a little dry stuff left and I will have to put out hay soon. We got 2/10 last night and you couldn't have made a mud ball. Still have plenty of water tho.

Are you injecting liquid feed into straw or junk bales? Guy south of us did that during the last drought.
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Postby Workinonit Farm » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:42 pm

I sure hope you get some rain soon.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby Workinonit Farm » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:43 pm

I sure hope you get some rain soon.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby slick4591 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:46 pm

TCRanch wrote:
slick4591 wrote:Pastures are all but dead here. Making the cows at the farm survive on dry grass and liquid feed at the moment. Heifers at home have a little dry stuff left and I will have to put out hay soon. We got 2/10 last night and you couldn't have made a mud ball. Still have plenty of water tho.

Are you injecting liquid feed into straw or junk bales? Guy south of us did that during the last drought.


Haven't tried that yet. It's free choice in the tank.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby slick4591 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:51 pm

greybeard wrote:Got about 1/2 that much here Slick.


Spotty rains around here earlier and radar showed the farm got some, but not a drop at the house 7 miles away.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:30 pm

TCRanch wrote:
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:How is your lake holding up TC?

Definitely down below the spillway and the overflow is dry but better than the ponds, only because Silver Creek flows into it and literally 10 miles north has had a ton of rain. Mother Nature has a warped sense of humor.


It's a beautiful lake, I'm glad it has a good feeder stream.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:16 pm

slick4591 wrote:
greybeard wrote:Got about 1/2 that much here Slick.


Spotty rains around here earlier and radar showed the farm got some, but not a drop at the house 7 miles away.

This is what I'm talking about! Winfield lake is maybe 7 miles away as the crow flies and they got 2" last night/this morning.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:19 pm

Workinonit Farm wrote:I sure hope you get some rain soon.

Thanks! More chances later but slightly pessimistic it will amount to anything. Bitter, much? :frowns:
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:34 pm

Well, this is after a 2.75" downpour today. Presumably there will be at least a little runoff from the pasture but still . . . . It did, however, wash out most of our roads (but that's why we have a speed mover) and I swear the pastures already look better. Bonus - I won't have to water my predominately dead plants tomorrow :)
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby snoopdog » Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:49 pm

We got 1.6 yesterday morning , and another inch today . And yes the grass already looks better ! Got my test back on some prairie that we bailed , and other than lower protein level , it wasn't bad , so sitting pretty high for the time being , and very thankful for this rain .
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