Tuesday, January 31, 2012

July Farmer Fred Award-Half An Hour in GriggsDakota

Auction Sales are a tradition that we love. There are fewer farm auctions than there once were, because there are fewer farms. Some farm sales are emotional-either happy or sad. The Internet has brought a new level of sophistication to this long standing means of sale.
Is the Farmer Fred Award Runner-up for July.
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The weather was a big story in 2011 around here. It was a year of excess moisture both Winter and Summer. We did not suffer as much as some other farmers in Greater Dakota, but the weather took a toll on our crops. It's good to remember that many things in life are not in balance. Things are not purely good or entirely evil. We were concerned with the outcome of this storm, but, couldn't resist the beauty of its approach.
The July Farmer Fred Award is presented to:

Half An Hour In GriggsDakota
originally published on July 18, 2011

 It was a steamy morning on Saturday, but the forecast had not told me it would rain.
 Cattleman Jim mentioned that a storm had popped up and may be heading our way. 
I was outside, but not really paying attention to the sky in West 
Until the sky demanded my attention 
The clouds were traveling fast and as beautiful as they were threatening. 
It was still in the yard as I watched. 
It had been that way all morning and I wondered how the clouds could be moving so fast without wind on the ground. 
I kept watching 
Until there was wind blowing in from the West. 
The sky was now boiling above me and the rain was just beginning. Farmer Fred called from the door and suggested that I come inside. I've never been good at making that decision. 
I joined Farmer Fred on the porch and ran out onto the deck when there were white caps on the lake. 
The wind was fierce and the rain was pelting down.  
Visibility was limited and I heard the click of a few small hail stones hit the window in the porch. 
Almost instantly the rain began to ease up. 
The wind stopped and I thought the storm was over. 
But it was a wind change that blew out of the Northeast and lowered our outdoor temperature down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 
The sun came out and the temperature soared. The storm was over. We didn't get any damaging hail. 
But it is wet in GriggsDakota.

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