In other words, we are not unfamiliar with heavy rain events at our farm in September. But, sometimes it does seem like we have a target on our farm. Check out the rainfall amounts for September 8 to 13 this season. Click on the picture for a larger version.
|The Genuine Faux Farm is in the higher rainfall area to the right of the arrow.|
This graphic came from KWWL and was highlighting the higher rain amounts near the Mississippi River. We recorded over 5 inches at the farm during this period and the rainfall map seems to concur with us. I guess we should expect this by now. It's just that we hoped we wouldn't have to fight the weather quite so much this Fall.
Don't think we are complaining about it all that much. The soil did dry out enough in August that conditions are drying up in a normal fashion. The problem is that it is just now drying up and we have... you guessed it... rain currently at the farm and more forecast. Hey! I know some people in south-central Iowa would like a bit more rain...
One of the reasons wet Septembers are an issue for farms like ours is that we are trying to bring in crops that are difficult to deal with when it is wet. For example, we still have two beds of onions to bring in. Ideally, they are easier to clean and handle when they are dry. But, we may not have that choice for them.
|White Wing and Monastrelle|
Carrots are a real bear to clean if you harvest them wet, as are potatoes. Can you harvest them? Of course. But, do YOU want to clean a couple hundred pounds of carrots that have a couple hundred pounds of mud attached to them? Neither do we. And, those dry beans needed to come in so they can keep drying. That's the whole point of 'DRY' beans. They aren't as good when they are 'slightly damp' beans.
The good news is that we did bring in a four beds of onions already and most of the beets and some of the carrots are also in. So, again, it is not all doom and gloom. It probably has more to do with the fact that the forecast for today (Wednesday Sep 18) made it look like I had the day to work before it did rain. Never mind.
|But, I can pick high tunnel tomatoes!|