I drove to Baker from North Powder today. A lot of rained on hay. More than I thought there was. And there was one pivot of corn that looked strange. Then I realized it was frosted corn. My hay that is starting to look over ripe gets cut sometime the first of next week.Took a drive today, saw quite abit rained on hay and alot of frosted corn and maybe some potatoes and sunflowers.
I am praying for you, MC.I am finally wising up in my old age. It was 99 out yesterday when the young men showed up to do my lawn edging and mowing. They both were born and raised here and speak perfect English. That is rare in these parts. Their price is the same as the many crews that require more Spanish comprehension than I have, to have a meeting of the minds. This is a big change for me to face the fact that hard work is something I must put behind me.
After a long cool spell, the heat has hit and my tomatoes are looking awesome with the first one to be plucked probably tomorrow. I have never grown this variety before and so far I am impressed. The beauty is they can be raised in high large patio pots and produce heavy. This method eliminates the crawlers that think they are boss in these parts. I also have them where they receive afternoon shade that has eliminated the splitting that is common in this area.
Today is predicted to be 100 and it is already feeling hot since it never really cooled much. It is dryer than a parched buzzards beak pecking on a hot asphalt roasted red digger on the highway that runs by Nicky's ranch. The last rain was just an aggravation to the dust and that was back in May when the first alfalfa was cut. The hay still came out premium as did the second cutting.
I am still out walking, but shorter distances and so far no snakes sighted, but the diggers are at an all time high, which indicates that the bull snakes have relocated. On my last irrigation ditch walk, I counted 32 diggers out frolicking on the path. I shouldered my .22 Winchester lever action, only to realize I had sold it years ago. The diggers mocked me until I was in rock throwing distance and then they scurried for their dens like the rodents they are. With the goat heads taking advantage of the dryness to boast their superiority and the mocking diggers, I have discontinued walking that path.
I am still alive, but still playing the waiting game as far as any treatment is concerned. The waiting game is no stranger to ranch life as you all know better than I. Patience and persistence are required.
Ground squirrels. I always called the ones in EO red diggers because of their reddish yellow chest. They can do serious damage to fields, especially irrigated.I am praying for you, MC.
What are diggers?
And what variety of tomatoes are you talking about?
I haven't been able to raise a decent tomato since moving here.
It used to be easy to grow tomatoes. Not any more.
I agree. And same with strawberries.I used to have good results with early girls, but it seemed they changed over the years. They are a hybrid. I think the cool spring here had an effect on the tomatoes and melons. I bought a few, up the road, at the farm fruit stand and the flavor just wasn't there as it has been in most years. Last few years the watermelons have been weak on flavor.