2012 seems to be flying by. It is the last day of January and the list of accomplishments for this month are DEFINITELY not as long as I wish it was. But there are just as many things to be excited about!!!
I follow the "drought monitor", which is a joint effort between NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It is a very useful tool for farmers (and the general public for that matter) in that it gives us the ongoing status of our drought which has been absolutely brutal. The good news is that we have dropped from the "exceptional" category into the "abnormally dry" category. As of the end of November 2011 we needed 15+ inches of rain to get us out of this dreadful drought which plagued the south in the growing season of 2011. I would guess that with the next update to the drought monitor we will be in the "none" category!!!! Hallelujah!!
So what does this mean? This means that we are banking soil moisture which translates to a productive spring. Last season we were irrigating by March. Tilling in January and February looked like the dust bowl. This year is quite different. We have had our typical rainy winter (with more to come this week) which allows our soil to recharge.
In addition to this good news on the drought front, long term summer 2012 outlook is predicting an end to La nina and above average precipitation starting in July through October! This is the news that we like to hear going in to the start of the growing season. The weather folks are predicting above average temps through June.......but we can deal with that as long as it isn't the EXCESSIVE heat that we experienced last summer starting at the end of May!!
It is definitely going to be a good productive year!! I can feel it!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )