Monday, August 25, 2014

After the Rain

 The question is not if it rained. 
It rained all over Greater Dakota.
 The question is: How much did it rain? 
It rained quite a bit.
 We were happy to see that the grain was not plastered to the ground, which can happen in a heavy rain this time of year.
At first we didn't believe our rain gauge which registered four inches of rain. We thought that we hadn't emptied it out from last week's rain. 
But after consulting with neighbors, we believe we were on the West edge of a cloud that did indeed drop four inches of rain in our yard. 
 Sunday afternoon sunshine broke up the clouds.
 We will have enough moisture in the soil now to finish the late crops, so we hope to dry up and get back to harvest as soon as possible.
 Farmer Fred slogged through the mud to check the soybeans.
He was looking for aphids, which are present in sufficient numbers to warrant attention. 
Some of the aphids surely were washed away in the rain, but not enough to ignore them.
The sun is finally shining, the wind is blowing, and we are drying down in GriggsDakota.

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