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Farm Happenings for May 26, 2020: lackadaisical worry

Posted on May 21st, 2020 by Shiloh Avery

Mallory asked me yesterday if I was worried about this extended wet weather period.  Well, of course I am, but that worry looks very lackadaisical.  Preparing for too much rain looks a lot different than preparing for a late freeze.  The predicted late freeze had us scrambling: driving 7+hours to procure more frost blankets, madly filling bags of gravel to hold down said frost blankets, starting fires to combat the inversion on the night of the freeze, etc.  Preparing for too much rain though, that’s all about long term foresight and investment.

So while we were scrambling to do even more to prevent crop losses from the late freeze, we’ve pretty much done all we can to mitigate too much rainfall over the last 10 years.  So my “worry” looks a lot less active than the previous weather “worry”.  No scrambling, no desperate drives across the state. Get some extra coffee for those dreary days, don the rubber boots and pray the sun will return to us sometime.  Preparing for too much water is quite literally what we’ve been doing the last 10 years.