Remember my farmhand? the Roughneck Sioux? Well, not super important if you do or not, but he is part of this story.
Yesterday he flies into my driveway. He said I would never guess who he just stopped and talked to not more than two miles away from the homestead. Who he talked to, I would have never guessed, so he was correct about that.
The storm chasers.
He saw them pulled over on the side of the road. Being a good country boy, he too pulled over and asked if they needed assistance. They told him no, and then told him they were taking before photos of the Arkansas river. ( let me interrupt this story, in the State of Kansas the river is pronounce, our Kansas. Once the river flows out of State limits, we recognize it as the rest of you do. We pronounce it correctly)
Of course this peaked his interest. He was told to prepare for some major nastiness headed this way.
Makes me a tad nervous. The storm chasers usually aren't here this time of year. We never have tornadoes in August and rarely have them in November. We are over 4" negative rain fall as of last week. And one of meteorologists allowed it to slip that the storms coming will be a drought ender. Oh. My. Though we are grateful for the rain. More than four inches on the drought strickened land can and will be devastating. We need a nice steady rain, giving the ground time to soak it in. Not four plus inches dumped on us at once. I foresee us being stranded due to flood waters covering the roads.
The drought here has been devastating. The corn fields surrounding us have been abandoned. The corn so dry that it is unsaleable. Some stalks reaching no higher than your knees. The soy, even though being watered, is unable to produce beans. You can see strips of dead crops through the large fields.
Wildlife has been dieing. The Arkanasas river is no longer flowing. The water is stagnant, breeding diseases. Coyotes are moving in on livestock, including reports of horses being attacked again this year.
If you haven't yet, stock up on your meats and grains. The prices will start to skyrocket in about three weeks. Possibly less. Here are some canned meat recipes>>>
We have had to purchase groceries this year because of the drought. I hope to get a fall garden in, but the ground is so hard and depleted there is little optimism. Even the fall wheat hasn't gone in yet, though it should have last week. No point to plant. Without the rain before now, nothing will grow, and the farmers that have planted will see their seedling drown, or their seeds washed with the upcoming rains.
But this is all part of living off the land. I just hope we don't lose anymore farms to the banks. We have lost too many already.