Watching the news last night there was a report on corn farmers in Louisiana planting their crops. Apparently farmers are scaling back what they are planting because of the DRY conditions expected during corn season (i.e. May, June, July).
This does not bode well for the growing season. We are prepared though. We started installing the drip irrigation last night. Kade and I set up the drip lines on one of the garden beds sporting cold weather crops considering the weather is calling for a stretch of two weeks which will be 80 degree weather and DRY. We are still under a drought from last season and the drought is already intensifying as we move through the spring months. The drip irrigation seems to do its job but does require some tinkering.......apparently it is just like everything else......install it, try it out, turn it off, fix your problems, turn it back on, check your lines, turn it off again, fix your problems.....etc, etc, etc. At some point I figure the system will be fixed so many times that the leaks have to be disappear!!!!
Last year we started irrigating in April. It looks like this year we will be starting in March. Not good news for the things that don't get irrigated. Hopefully the long range weather folks are wrong, but for now we are hedging our bets and setting in the irrigation which will see us through the growing season and keep plants happy and producing!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )