Weekly Newsletter

March 2021 vol. 5

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Idealistically, farming is about working with nature to reap the blessings of her abundance. In reality, she is often an unwilling participant at best - and oftentimes a cantankerous bitch.  This past weekend we had to hunker down due to tornados all around us, and though we had only minor wind damage, the subsequent rains wreaked havoc in the form of flooding.
I disced up a few acres and planted seed the week before the storm in hopes that we would get rain and boy did we.  Six inches of rain fell here at the ranch in a short period of time, much of it concentrated in just a few hours, although bands of rain continued to fall through the night.  While the tornado force winds caused some damage, the 6 inches of rain rushing down hill caused even more damage,  scouring our pastures and washing away tons of topsoil.
There's a particular 
spot below our dam 
that I'm trying to 
keep from eroding 
to the point that we 
lose our pond. 
Every year we lose 
a bit of ground, 
especially during 
heavy rainstorms.
(Photo from right 
after we moved in)
We knew this area was problematic when we first moved in since the previous owner's efforts to remediate the erosion lay scattered in the gully below the washout.
Since then I’ve backfilled with truck-loads of soil, tried redirecting with culverts, and reinforcing with concrete.  My best efforts were not enough to withstand the forces of nature, as torrents of water washed everything away.  
My efforts to
reinforce the 
crossing and 
stop gully erosion
didn't last long. 
When we first purchased the ranch I had the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) look the area over but they didn’t seem alarmed at the time.  It’s gotten much worse since then, and as this is a  primary thoroughfare for me to access half of the property I’m going to have to push harder for them to take action -  after all, soil is a natural resource. Hopefully we don't get another storm before I’m able to shore up the area and save what remains.
Above you can see how the cement bag wall and rock reinforced crossing, along with the culvert buried below it, have been washed away. Since the storm, erosion has progressed another 20 feet back towards the dam. While we are deeply grateful that the tornadoes bypassed our property and that the wind caused so little damage, we still face a lot of work. 

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Early market dates are scheduled for 
March 15 & 29 and April 12 & 26. 
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Be well, 

stay safe,


John & Molly