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Can we please have a venting thread about the heat/drought??

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  • Can we please have a venting thread about the heat/drought??

    Here in N TX, 20+ days of 100 degree + temps.

    Forecast shows no end in sight.

    There is no good hay for reasonable prices to be found.

    The cracks in the ground are dangerous for both man and beast.

    We spent $$$$$$$$ this spring planting fancy, high dollar bermuda in our 50 acre hay meadow. It barely came up and what did is all dead now.

    I know I have it pretty good in all other aspects of life but I just needed to get that off my chest.

    Sigh. I think I'll go stick my head in the freezer now.
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  • #2
    No cracks in the ground here but HOT HOT HOT and dry. Pasture is going dormant, even the bermuda, and the farmers have only gotten one cutting of bermuda so far. If we don't get rain we'll be paying a fortune for hay.


    • #3
      Sure, I'll play your silly game! :-)

      Into our 10th day or so of 98-102 here in the KC area.

      DH built me the longed-for planting boxes for my spring birthday. Didn't get planted immediately because of a couple of pet crises that laid me low, now my late plantings are withering in the sun. I water twice a day and it's not enough. Some of the stuff ended up not sprouting - just too hot! The lawn looks like the Sahara.

      And I feel guilty watering inefficiently in this age of water being the Next Scary Shortage.

      The shrunken earth along the house foundation needs watering too, they say that will save our basement walls, but I'm not sure there's enough water to fix that problem either.

      We had to panel insulate and install a little A/C unit for the dogs in their inside corner of the barn - the old one can't hold her water long enough to be kept inside while we're gone, and REALLY can't take the heat.

      We bought a gigantic fan for the horse, which doesn't help when the huge bomber flies come, brought out by the dry heat. Two days ago as I was leaning over the fence to pour her feed, one did a fly-by, and the mare leapt into the air, spun around and kicked out, landing in a ninja position, waiting for the thing to bite her. Which would have been pretty funny if it wasn't so scary - glad my head was on THIS side of the fence.

      Don't know if it's the Norwegian blood or if I'm what Ayurvedic beliefs call a Pitta type, but I hatehatehate the heat, and have threatened to move north every summer. Sadly, now even the north is too hot.


      • #4
        We are in our breaking records 29th day over 100.

        With two snows and three showers, up to 1.07" for the whole year.

        We are breaking all kinds of records for heat, what a year.

        No relief in sight and hey are calling for another YEAR of this.


        • #5
          When I moved to NC from central valley CA I thought my summers would be filled with green pastures! Not so this year...I feel like I am living on the surface of the moon. We have had no rain in about 30 days. As I type this I can hear the thunder but it will not produce rain, just freak my dogs out When I walk my fields they actually crunch under my feet.

          Got up at 5am this morning to haul to a 6:30am lesson to beat the heat. How great is my instructor to do that for us?!

          I am feeding hay in July Normally I don't start feeding hay until October.
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            Originally posted by Bluey View Post
            No relief in sight and hey are calling for another YEAR of this.
            Are you SERIOUS??????????

            Who are "they"?

            I'm fairly certain I can't handle another year of this.....
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            • #7
              Originally posted by IntegritySporthorses View Post
              Are you SERIOUS??????????

              Who are "they"?

              I'm fairly certain I can't handle another year of this.....
              The NWS long range report was commenting on CBS the other day and many farm news stations followed with the explanation that the high pressure dome causing this year's drought, sending the branch of the jet stream that brings us summer rains North, was caused by the cool La Nina Pacific Ocean pattern, that was starting to change to El Nino when the Japan tsunami happened, that flipped the water around again and reestablished the La Nina again and if nothing else changes again, it will be stable for probably another year.

              Of course they don't know, it is a guess.
              Lets hope they are wrong and/or some other unexpected event happens and the jet stream gets to come down again for a bit and bring us some rains/snows.

              Weather is very important when you have to figure what to do down the line with your farming management.
              We have not grown any grass this year, just a few irrigated crops at a terrific cost, fed all livestock every bite with very expensive and now scarce supplements and water supplies.
              Everyone around here is selling their livestock, can't hang onto them any longer.

              We went thru this from 1998 to 2003, guess we are back at this again.

              As the Ace Reid cartoon goes this week, "It's kinda' depressin' to drought out of the cow business just as prices get high enough to make a livin' at it!"

              This drought will also affect the horse industry directly, supplies will be short and expensive.
              Also many of the participants in the horse industry are those that are directly affected by the drought as farmers/ranchers and working in the industries that support them, many that now will lose earnings and so may have to give horses up, at least for now, especially in this already depressed economy.

              We really need a better rain dance, yes, we do.


              • #8
                Well, we are not in a serious drought...just a mild one so I'm thankful for that...but I really could do without the 118F heat index. It's like trying to work in a sauna. I have trims set up all week too and doing farrier work in this weather is about as bad as it gets. I'd rather work in 20F in a blizzard trimming than this.

                I've lost chickens...about 15 since this began. We made it through yesterday without any losses but today was just as bad...I'm heading out to do chores now so I'm hoping they will be OK. Poor chooks...I've done what I can and it's supposed to let up a bit tomorrow. Fingers crossed...

                You folks in Texas sound like you have a real mess on your hands. I hope it will break soon for you.


                • #9
                  Im honestly getting tired talking about it..

                  Seems like that is all anyone wants to speak of at the feed stores and horse shows...it truly is a record setting year down here.

                  Bottom line is-you better get your ducks lined up, because the ride is only going to get bumpier as the year ends regarding hay.


                  • #10
                    Call me fortunate but for the first time since I have owned a horse ( close to 15 years) I had to find and pay for hay this year.

                    There will be no second cutting, the horses dont know that yet as they are still eating last years, but they will not be happy when all they have all winter is 1st.

                    We are still feeding hay as well ( and have been).

                    I know my dad feels bad ( My husband and I are really the only help he had this year) and we put in all the 1st cutting ( close to 3,000 bales) and now he has no hay to get us through winter. Cant blame him that hay had been claimed and I was waiting for 2nd anyway.... such is life.

                    Things finally cooled here we hit between 110-118 for close to 2 weeks but looks like its back to going up after today.


                    • #11
                      Let me add..I bitched at DH for buying the LONG Top Hat gooseneck trailer we bought afew years ago..but I am SO thankful for it now! We can fit 16 roundbales on that baby and make a trip worthwhile.

                      lady at the feedstore is telling me they are having heck finding truckers to truck hay in from other parts of the country.


                      • #12
                        I think about all of you in the South and especially TX. Yes I can complain and worry about where the forecast is headed here, but it can't compare to you. We've had little to no rain in 30+ days. Crops that were planted late due to the wet wet spring are now beginning to die off. Not sure if there will be second cutting here either. I pray the weather pattern changes soon. I wish you and your farms/livestock well, I'll keep praying for the rain.
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                        • #13
                          We've had over 40 days now over 100 degrees. It is supposed to be 104-105+ for the next 10 days.

                          And I came home from a weekend away visiting a sick friend to have no water. Water company claims the problem isn't on their end. I think I may have a breakdown over this. My fantastic farm sitter hauled 100 gallons of water to us yesterday (she called to let me know about the water problem and then made two trips hauling water). She's probably going to bring me another 50 (what her tanks will hold) today.

                          The water company said that with the drought, the ground is shifting and moving and pipes are breaking everywhere. We have cracks in the ground that are 6-12 inches in width, several week long and who knows how many feet deep (you can't see the bottom).

                          With the price of hay (if I can figure out how to get it shipped in) and the cost of getting this water fixed. I will need to mortgage my soul. I feel a meltdown coming on...
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                          • #14
                            Sorry you guys are going through this. It's time to do the naked rain dance!!! We were in drought conditions, nothing like in TX. The minute the fertilizer hit the ground the rain chances evaporated. SO was sent out to do the naked rain dance, repeatedly!! We did finally start getting some rain, got one cutting of hay, hoping for 2 more. Large feed store here told me they expect coastal hay to go to 16.00 a square bale. I can't even imagine that. I'm praying for rain for everyone that desperately needs it!!!


                            • #15
                              Broken main in Sanger this weekend--all restaurants had to shut down. We're on another water system but limited watering. Even the trees look wilted. Not
                              watering pasture but gotta keep some of the trees going. Watering around perimeter of house for the foundation and a slight fire break.

                              Horses are miserable and then some. Metal barn even with fans too hot--they are preferring the trees in front.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by tasia View Post
                                It's time to do the naked rain dance!!!
                                Please keep the nekkid dance in TX!
                                We had a bellywhopper of a storm yesterday morning - lightning struck so loud & close I could feel my house shake.
                                I got drenched going to shut up the chicken coop & barn, but the horses were in their stalls watching the sky show & munching hay.
                                My pelleted bedding got a soaking - terrific gusts of wind from the East where the stalls open to - but had absorbed a lot by 5P so hopefully it will be okay for another week.
                                1.89" in about an hour but as dry as we were before, this much rain did not make a lot of difference

                                Friends with soybeans are praying they can get a crop or they will be out the money they spent on seed & fertilizer, not to mention the work of planting.

                                Lucky for me I got my year's worth of hay in the barn last week.
                                <Huge Sigh of Relief>
                                P-Poor stacking job by the kids who brought the wagon, but I am thankful that worry is over for this year.

                                A neighbor has 2 loaded haywagons stored in my indoor.
                                Got them in just in time to avoid the rain this weekend.
                                Now I hope he can get them out before the ground is too soft for his truck to pull around my acreage.
                                They would make lousy lawn ornaments.

                                I am anticipating everything costing more soon.
                                Not a Good Year
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                                • #17
                                  One more story on the TX sized drought:



                                  • #18
                                    It looks so bad. Sending prayers for some kind of break.
                                    We are still thinking Texas for retirement but this scares me.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by stillhere View Post
                                      It looks so bad. Sending prayers for some kind of break.
                                      We are still thinking Texas for retirement but this scares me.
                                      Well, this is not normal, we are breaking all kinds of records, not some weather you expect most years.

                                      Then, you never know, this may be the new normal, although I doubt it, just one more drought, if a record breaking one, then back to more normal, I expect, eventually.

                                      East and South TX is less arid, if that is not your thing.
                                      Their dry is a week without some rain.


                                      • #20
                                        We've been incredibly hot (and dry) for the past 6 weeks...over 100 every day for weeks. We had a big "light show" and wild "blow" last night, but about .2 rain. What a joke!! I'm hot, tired of being hot and grumpy from being hot!! We spend our days keeping cool water to the horses and watching the fields dry up!! Our hay crop was about 2/3 normal, but at least we got SOME!!! Now we have to acquire our square hay and not much hope there, either. But we are better off than TX.!! I feel for you guys down south!!
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