Beggers Can't Be Choosers

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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:06 pm

snoopdog wrote: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 .

Haven't tested our brome/Bermuda/prairie this year. Kinda don't want to know! But always supplement with 30% protein tubs & 20% cubes (they call them range nuggets) so they're not gonna starve. Yay on the rain!
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby snoopdog » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:28 pm

TCRanch wrote:
snoopdog wrote: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 .

Haven't tested our brome/Bermuda/prairie this year. Kinda don't want to know! But always supplement with 30% protein tubs & 20% cubes (they call them range nuggets) so they're not gonna starve. Yay on the rain!
Yeah , we use 20% cubes to gather em in and get a good look at everyone. We have better hay , but we needed the filler too. Especially after last year .
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby Texasmark » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:45 am

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.


I finally had a cell pass over the house. With the non-forecast event got about ¾", just enough to puff up the cracks somewhat. What's funny was the way it came in, the hay patch was wet about an inch or so down so I'll get some good out of it.

Wasted the second cutting, couldn't even get the baler hold it long enough to get it wrapped. Third may do something if Aug is wet...which happened the year I built my house....rained 3 x before I got it weathered in, in August, 1979. We need a hurricane.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby slick4591 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:47 am

I'd rather stay dry than to wish a hurricane on the folks down south. How about we ask for a tropical depression that rides it out this far?
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby Texas Gal » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:11 am

slick4591 wrote:I'd rather stay dry than to wish a hurricane on the folks down south. How about we ask for a tropical depression that rides it out this far?


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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby plumber_greg » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:07 pm

Northern Mo. is getting desperate. I have enough hay for my lessor to get by on feed, but water is the major issue.
We're siphoning water out of everything. Most of our ponds, or tanks as some call them, are no deeper than my armpits.
May have to sell the cows, if something doesn't happen soon. Absolutly no winter water. Hearing about 2k water bills for 100 head on city water. No way that works.
Goverment is giving welfare money, but doesn't help on monthly water bills. Currently ressurecting a well for water till the freeze comes.
Getting $64 an acre for winter grazing from FSA office. No tilling tritcitale, ceral rye, and radishes in grubbed off pastures. Seed is around 40-42 an acre. Have to pay someone with a no till drill, and still fertilize. Gonna' help, but not the answer.
In a position that if I sell cows, the taxes will eat me up. 50% or more. Usually they have a deferement where if you buy back in so many years, you won't owe the tax. Problem is, I am quitting. Dont want to buy cows in 3 or 4 years.
Oh well, I think I will go to my house in Florida, play golf every day, and forget about it. gs
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:57 pm

Ponds are still so low weeds are growing in the mud. But the pelicans don't seem to mind. Must be migrating south.

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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby 1982vett » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:05 pm

A welcome relief for sure.

We got 1/2 inch today. A world of difference from the first of the month. Still no run off so ponds are still low. Grass is green and growing. Oats is up and looking good. A sigh of relief going into the fall.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby Lucky » Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:06 pm

It’s been one of the driest years I can remember here. Pools were all lower than I’ve ever seen them. I left town last weekend and it rained 10 inches now the pools are full and it looks like the first week of spring. Maybe I need to take a weekend off more often.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:11 pm

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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.

Not anymore! 8" the last couple days. Can't even see the spillway, lake is actually darn close to breeching the emergency spillway & is 3/4 up the dam, trees under water. That's a 36" whistle but probably should be larger. "Normal" capacity of the lake is 155 million gallons - can't imagine what it is now.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby Allenw » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:30 pm

7.7 inches since Sunday, 8 to 10 inches has been the report from a lot of people. I've heard of up to 16 inches in some places. North Canadian is out of it's banks.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby JMJ Farms » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:31 pm

TCRanch wrote: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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TC I’m showing my ignorance here. What’s a speed mover?
A box blade? Land leveler? Motor grader?
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby TCRanch » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:37 am

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TCRanch wrote: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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TC I’m showing my ignorance here. What’s a speed mover?
A box blade? Land leveler? Motor grader?

Essentially a big, weighted box blade, works on hydraulics and we hook it up to the tractor. We generally use crusher rock on the roads.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby JMJ Farms » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:52 am

TCRanch wrote:
JMJ Farms wrote:
TCRanch wrote: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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TC I’m showing my ignorance here. What’s a speed mover?
A box blade? Land leveler? Motor grader?

Essentially a big, weighted box blade, works on hydraulics and we hook it up to the tractor. We generally use crusher rock on the roads.


Got ya. That’s what we commonly call a land leveler. Funny how terminology changes based on where you live. Around here, if you told someone to go get the shredder, they’d come back with a cheese shredder. Thanks for the reply.
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Re: Beggers Can't Be Choosers

Postby elkwc » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:19 pm

It has rained over a very large area in this region. When I drove home Sunday evening it was wet from west central OK to extreme SW KS. In the end we received from 2.6" up to 5" over 3 days and in the west central OK area from 7-10" over those 3 days. Her land is scattered so why the variances. Some of the ponds needed water bad. Some of her wheat was just coming up and some was waiting for one. Hopefully we won't have to re drill any. Going to be lots of wheat pasture this winter. Many drilled early and some is almost ready to turn out on now. I'm hoping ours will be ready by Thanksgiving. So blessed by the rains.
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