Saturday, July 7, 2012
We Need Rain
We are catching a break here today.
Looking at a high of 83F.
Thank you Jesus!
When I arrived at the farm yesterday
the neighbor who rents the bins
was in process of unloading last years soybeans.
The temperature was at least 100F.
He had to keep pouring ice water
on part of the motor to keep it going.
He said he probably won't be needing the bins this year.
The beans won't do well because of this drought.
He said the corn is just about done.
What that means is that is is tall and beautiful
and has just tasseled, but will not put on an ear.
How sad is that?
He said if we got rain and got it quick
it might have a chance.
But otherwise, it is done.
I try to imagine the life of a farmer.
Completely dependent upon the ever changing weather.
I said I had only been in NE a few years but this was the driest I had seen.
He said he and his wife have been farming 37 years.
The first three were dry, but then they were good.
He thought this would be the worst he has seen in 10 years.
I think the hardest part would be when there is nothing to harvest.
I know they have insurance to ease the financial burden
but does it ease the emotional burden?
I usually use the bin rent money for the first half of the property taxes.
When the farmers are hurting
we all hurt.