What a difference a couple of months makes.
The last time I wrote, we were just starting to calve and had gotten very little moisture during the winter.
The cows are all calved out; we have worked the calves. Now they have been turned out to pastures. Calving went fairly smooth, with a few cold nights and only a couple of assists.
Wish they were all that easy. I think that with all the information on bulls, if a person does his homework, calving ease and growth can be gotten in the same bull. The heifers have been AIíd and are now out to grass. We put the bulls with the cows on May 26.
The wheat had a rough time of it this winter. We had spots that winter killed because we had some days in February that got into the 60s and near 70. Then the temperature dropped below freezing. We didnít have snow on the ground to protect it.
It is looking better now since we have been getting rain. It wonít be a bin buster, but we will have some to cut if the hail stays away.
This April and May were unbelievable. It rained, and everything is lush and green. We actually have grass for the cows to graze. We had almost 3 inches in April and had 6.33 or more in May.
I got my corn planted in between rains, but many still have several acres to plant. They are trying to get shorter-season corn or are even looking at planting milo. It sure is nice to have to worry about all the moisture. Many are saying how long it has been since we have had it so green at this time of the year.
I donít know if the drought is over yet, but the rain sure has put a dent in it. Here at our farm, we havenít had any hard downpours. Our biggest rain was a little over 2 inches, but it came over about a 24-hour period. We have run very little in our ponds, but the ground isnít soaking it in as fast now.
The alfalfa is about ready to lay down, so I am hoping we can get it baled up in good shape. I believe I commented last year at this time that I would sacrifice the hay for a good rain. Looks like it may be a fairly good cutting. It had trouble getting started because we had some cold weather around May 12. The hay looks like it got some light frost in certain parts of the field. Other parts werenít bothered.
I hope everyone has a good and safe harvest and the rain doesnít shut off for the rest of the summer. Some places have had more than enough and had flooding and storm damage. My prayers go out to you.
Lynn Kirkham, his wife and youngest daughter and her husband farm and ranch in western Logan County. He started ranching and farming with his father in 1972 and bought his uncleís farm and ranch in 1975.