Too Much Rain

July 26, 2017

Like many others in southwest Wisconsin we experienced a large amount of heavy rain in the past week. Wednesday and Thursday alone brought 5 inches to our farm, and several more inches followed over the weekend.

 

Our creek overflowed it's banks, the driveway washed out, water came into the house, and some of our crops suffered. Broccoli, cabbage, and kohlrabi beds had standing water through the weekend. Many of those crops won't recover. The rain also knocked blossoms off fruiting plants such as peppers, cucumbers, and squash. While curcubits (cucumbers, squash, melons) are thirsty plants, even they are getting too much water! 

 Harvesting Kohlrabi in water!

 

Many crops can handle some irregularities fairly well, and we hope we won't experience more damage. A dry week or two would be nice . . . but rain is expected tonight. 

 Normally 5-foot-wide the creek overflowed its banks.

 

So we continue to do our field work, cross our fingers, focus on how easy it is to pull out weeds, and take things one day at a time. Sometimes, and this feels like one of those times, putting our heads down, hoping for the best, and looking for the positives sums up the farming experience.

 

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