I made the statement in my last article that I hoped the grass would be knee-high “when I write the next article.”
Well, in western Kansas that is really hard to have, but we do have seed heads that are that high, and the weeds are way higher. We have been blessed with good rains since May.
In May we had 6.80 inches, in June 3.20 inches, and in August so far, 2.70 inches. (We had 1.53 inches one night, and more was forecast for the next night.) We had escaped hail, but a storm with very high straight-line winds took the tin roofs off several of our buildings. A lot of trees had heavy damage, also.
Wheat harvest in my area was disappointing. We had to get it cut before the weeds took over.
However, areas in the northwest corner of the state had a tremendous harvest. The fall crops were looking good where there hadn’t been hail. (Some farmers lost almost all of their fall crops to hail.)
My daughter Brenda and my wife and I successfully completed the Bike Across Kansas bicycle trip in early June. (My wife drives the pickup and camper that we stay in.) Don’t let anyone say that Kansas is flat: I think the trip from Elkhart to White Cloud was all uphill and the wind was always in our faces. (Needless to say, I struggled at times.)
On the day that we got to Ellinwood, it only rained 4 inches, and we had to cut that day short as a result of the dangerous conditions.
It is getting very busy around here now. We just laid down the third cutting of alfalfa. It is time to begin planting wheat and give the calves their pre-weaning shots.
The calves are looking good, and recent rains should make it easier to plant wheat.
We “preg-checked” the heifers and only had one open out of 15, and the vet said that over half should be AI’ed calves.
I always hope for a better percentage, but my normal is 65 to 70 percent pregnant.
Lynn Kirkham, his wife and youngest daughter and her husband farm and ranch in western Logan County. Kirkham started ranching and farming with his father in 1972 and bought his uncle’s farm and ranch in 1975.