We are not suffering from drought this year.
August in Kansas should look like this
Instead it looks like thisNo, not complaining.
Even with the rain fall, some of my trees in our orchard are struggling. I am starting to think it has more to do with the soil than with the amount of water they are receiving. In some areas, despite the rain, the clay is hard and cracked. Other places are soft and yield gentle under your feet. Just looking out into our field you can see the marbled effect of the clay. It has been the cause of some stress here. We are unsure if we are going to make it.
We have an apple and a cherry tree that are the same age. The apple tree is touching 6 feet in height, while the cherry, who stand only a few feet away, is struggling to touch the 3 foot mark.
We choose an area that the field grass was struggling for life to plant our grapes. It should have been a perfect area, the grapes would concentrate more on their berries then the foliage. That is not the case.
I have followed the advice of books, yet have rarely been successful with their sure things. Time now to do it our way. If this means re-landscaping, then so be it. But something has to change if we are to make it. I fear that this land will only be good for growing field grasses.