Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Still Got Sun
Another bright, sunny day, too bad it's not so warm. Since I couldn't do any planting yesterday (way too muddy) I picked thru the scrap pile and devised myself a simple little goat feeder in an attempt to keep the goats from wasting so much hay. Next one I build, I will make a little more space between the feeder and the hay rack but this one is doing what I needed it to do. I finished it up late afternoon, cleaned the goat stall, put it in there just in time to do evening chores. Worked out pretty good.
This morning was nice, chores went off easy. I like it when chores go off easy! I grilled up some pieces of steak I've had marinading in the fridge and the boy scrambled this mornings eggs. Yum, now I need a nap! LOL
The main garden spot is a slop hole. Mid shin deep in mud. I did get a couple tires planted tho, did a bit of mowing since it looks like a jungle out there. I planted some red potatoes, another tire with rutgers tomatoes, one with bell peppers and another with the zuccs. While I was prepping my tires, Lucky goat ate my strawberry plants! Hmmm, that will put him on the BBQ list if he's not careful...
The goat shed and pen are still on hold, there's not much in the savings envelope. That's not surprising tho, it's not like anybody else has any money laying around. At least I'm not the lone ranger.
The flooding down here is going to put a serious hurt on the farming. Hundreds of thousands of acres are under water. The wheat that was growing is flooded and there will not be a planting of corn in some places and possibly no beans either. I can't even begin to speculate what the loss will do to the commodities market let alone the availability of the lost crops in our food chain. While I have the luxury of simply mudding my corn and beans in and feeding myself, large scale farms that make a living on the market do not have that option. For those who don't know, the levee at Cairo Illinois was blown open night before last to save the town at the expense of 130,000 acres of farm land down stream. Plus the 100,000 acres (at least) in southern Illinois already flooded. It's not just a little standing water, it's a couple feet worth of water. The Big Muddy river rose 7' over night on Saturday. There are areas down here that I have never seen water standing in before and they have a few feet of water covering them. It is heart breaking to see. So, say a prayer for a quick dry out down here, we need it!