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  • You know the drought is bad when. . .

    You start rooting for the tropical storm in the Gulf to gain strength and bring rain to Florida.

    Seriously, this drought is just awful. Even the weeds are shriveling up and dying.
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

  • #2
    Oh, I hear ya! I am running the sprinklers, for the benefit of the birds....Having to give my lawn guy a no-rain-check on the cutting...(but I can tell very good where my filed lines are....at least one good thing from dry weather!)


    • #3
      Here in S Ga, we are beyond baked

      We have not had any rain in about 3 months. My pasture weeds are dead! I did not even spray this year so far. Our pond was already low from the dry winter, now we are about 8 feet lower than we ususally are. It is dreadful. The farmers here are either loosing their butts with irrigation or their crops came up and died. I hate to think what hay is going to cost this year


      • #4
        I'm buying hay in May and June! My pasture is dry, dry, dry and not even the weeds are surviving here in central GA. There is NO grass growing at all. On the bright side DH is getting lots of other little projects done because he doesn't have to mow our 5.5 acres.
        "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


        • #5
          GA is definitely in trouble, too. (Mmm FL and GA in drought, guess we know what the headlines will be for the next year.) I'm actually feeding two bales of hay a day right now. The three TBs are in a smallish pasture with no grass at all. I keep them up during the day, to give the grass half a chance, then haul hay out into the pasture for nighttime. I have two others in a 17 acre pasture with 2 of the BOs horses. Luckily, they're all easy keepers, but if it doesn't rain soon, I'll be hauling out hay for them, too. It's just pitiful watching them strip the privet bare.
          "Rock n' roll's not through, yeah, I'm sewing wings on this thing." --Destroyer


          • #6
            The first part of spring was okay for us, so much so that we got our first hay cutting in May, which is crazy early for us, but now it is dry as a bone here. We're feeding hay too. I pray every day for rain.
            Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw. -- fun.

            My favorite podcasts: Overdue, The Black Tapes, Tanis, Rabbits, How Did This Get Made?, Up and Vanished.


            • #7
              Originally posted by MunchkinsMom View Post
              You start rooting for the tropical storm in the Gulf to gain strength and bring rain to Florida.

              Seriously, this drought is just awful. Even the weeds are shriveling up and dying.
              What weeds? We don't even have weeds growing.
              We have not had any rain since last fall.

              It is so dry, even grasshoppers carry water with them as they keep on hopping into the dry sunset.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                What weeds? We don't even have weeds growing.
                We have not had any rain since last fall.

                It is so dry, even grasshoppers carry water with them as they keep on hopping into the dry sunset.

                Please let it rain. We've already done the naked rain dance and still nothing.


                • #9
                  10 weeks and counting at my farm....sigh
                  "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


                  • Original Poster

                    I really thought that perhaps the band booster car wash this weekend that my daughter and her friends worked at would help bring rain, I even had them wash my car too - no luck.
                    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                    • #11
                      Yeah, they had to cancel school here a few times because the smoke is so bad from the fires. Dogs didn't even want to out because it was so hot and smokey! I'm afraid it may take a, dare I say it, hurricane for us to catch up. It's 1999 all over again. And then there's all that flooding in the middle of country.
                      Groom to trainer: "Where's the glamour? You promised me glamour!"


                      • #12
                        We have the smoke and heat too. It is like a blanket of haze all over the place and I have a constant sore throat! Ugh... I can't even tell which fire is sending the smoke our way.. The other day, the local Forest Rangers told us that the majority of the smoke we are getting is from Mexico! (they do not spend a lot of time or effort fighting fires)...

                        I fear for the safety of our horses, between the Herpes out break and the fires, this is not a great place to be right now.....
                        We do not have an overpopulation of dogs, we have an under population of responsible dog owners!!!


                        • #13
                          Over Memorial weekend, we had over 10 prarie fires around here and our small animal veterinarian's house he built 30 years ago burned to the ground in those fires.

                          Thankfully they were gone for the holidays and their cats and some dogs were at the clinic's boarding kennels.
                          If it had happened during the week, no one may have been able to save them.

                          We need rain very bad, fields that would be making 1000 bales of alfalfa are cutting 160 only, there is a real shortage around here.
                          Our supplier is telling us he will be lucky to get us 1/2 of what we wanted, unless it starts raining soon.
                          Last edited by Bluey; Jun. 6, 2011, 03:04 PM.


                          • #14
                            DH and I were discussing this yesterday We are hoping for a few tropical depressions to sit off shore and produce multi-day rain. We had rain and some snow this winter.but are dry now.

                            Hoping for some Gulf tropical depressions or level 1 hurricanes to drop some moisture toward all states except LA (who is getting hammered by the upstream floods)

                            I am worried about hay, feed and food prices later this year. So many areas around the world are either without rain or have too much water. This growing season is not looking promising at all. . .
                            "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
                            Courtesy my cousin Tim


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MunchkinsMom View Post
                              You start rooting for the tropical storm in the Gulf to gain strength and bring rain to Florida.

                              Seriously, this drought is just awful. Even the weeds are shriveling up and dying.
                              Ditto. I am less than 30 miles from the TX Gulf Coast. And took a direct hit from Ike. But I'd be willing to go through another SMALLER one just for the rain. We have not had ANY rain since Feb. 1. We usually get close to FIFTY inches a year.
                              Donerail Farm


                              • #16
                                We are with you all. We are running sprinklers in our pastures all day long every day, rotating locations...hopefully our well won't dry up. We're feeding hay too and normally don't have to after April. It is SO dry I can't even drag the pastures!
                                Fox Haven Farm, Inc.
                                Home of 2002 JC Registered stallion Artrageous

                                Artrageous has his own Facebook page!


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by MunchkinsMom View Post
                                  You start rooting for the tropical storm in the Gulf to gain strength and bring rain to Florida.

                                  Seriously, this drought is just awful. Even the weeds are shriveling up and dying.
                                  I know. Saw the weather this am and thought the same exact thing. Please form and come visit!

                                  We are 4 inches below deficit here on the coast.
                                  "Sometimes you just have to shut up and color."


                                  • #18
                                    We are already having to put round bales out on our 100 acre pasture. There's probably no more than 50 horses out there and we are still having to put out hay... Last year we didn't put hay out until November!

                                    We're buying as much hay as we can right now in case the hay farmers only get a couple of cuttings this year... When you have nearly 250 horses they go through a lot of hay!

                                    ETA: We have more pastures than the 100 acre one, so don't worry we have more than enough acreage for the amount of horses we have.


                                    • #19
                                      It rained!! It really rained!!! Could have done without the lightning and wind. The wind actually took our front gate off the operator arm But it rained

                                      Hope everyone else gets some too!!!


                                      • #20
                                        ITS RAINING!!!!

                                        It is the second driest May/June on record for us. Today as I was driving 6 raindrops hit the windshield and I got so excited!! When I got home the sky opened up and it has poured amazing, beautiful rain for 5 hours!!! Thank goodness. I still may be forced to buy hay. I saw a farmer up the road with really nice round rolls so I may have to beg him for a few.