Here in Kansas we are facing our worst drought in 40 years. Making our lives difficult to say the least.
We are affected here on the homestead as in not being able to find hay to feed the animals. We are on our last bale. I have been searching for weeks. Last night Husband chased down a man with 7 bales on his truck. It was the last of his round bales, but he did have some squares left. Husband offered to buy out the remaining stock. He is going to count them and give us the price. (ie deal for buying it all out)
Please let it be enough to make it until our hay guys Tiffany grass comes in. If not, we will have no choice in the matter. We will have to start butchering out the cattle. We will not be able to sell them off as there is no hay available to feed them. No one but the slaughter houses will want them.
With no rain means brome and wheat will not grow.Wheat prices will increase. Not only that, but when it comes to prairie hay and brome, when it does come in we were told to expect to pay double and possibly triple for it. Prairie hay was $35 a round, brome $50 a bale. Now triple that and add in gas prices. Here's a paper bag, breath in it slowly.
By now we usually have the cows grazing. But no rain, means no grass. Our fields are almost barren.
So many fellow Kansas are happy that we have not had a severe storm season this year. Tornadoes are the price we seem to have to pay for the rain we so need. While east of us is dealing with flooding, we sit idly by and watch the dust storms brew up. It was so bad here the other day that I had to wear a bandanna over my mouth and nose to do the chores in 40 mph winds.
Please let us make it.
Here is some local coverage, and you can see for yourself how bad it really is.