11 Jul Emma: From North to South Country
These past two weeks have been anything but ordinary for the Misener crew. As I told you in a previous post, Mom, Dan and I took a trip north to Gregory, S.D. We brought one combine, two grain trailers and the cargo trailer with us while David, Verena and the guys headed home to Elk City, Okla., to take care of some odds and ends.
Here are some photos of that journey and as you can see, the road is quite different between 600 miles.
This is an awesome landscape picture if I may so say myself. The very left side, you’re looking directly south, as you look to the right, you’re looking straight west, then eventually looking directly north on the right side!
After parking our loads we left to take a look around the Gregory area to see what the wheat looked like in the surrounding area. We’ve found that there is not near the amount of acres of wheat planted this year. The extreme wet conditions this year prevented farmers to plant their fields.
On a good note, the wheat that is planted looks great. We drove northwest of Gregory to the Missouri River, here are some photos of the flooding in South Dakota.
We spent the night in Gregory, then headed back home to Elk City, Oklahoma to help David, Joel and Thad do some odds and ends. I’m still amazed to see the differences within 600 miles. Take a look at what a river bed in Oklahoma looks like today.
As you look out across the Oklahoma landscape, the grass has literally gone dormant and completely brown. What trees have not burned up, are on the verge of dying. Bottom line is Oklahoma needs water. We still have not mowed our lawn where we live.
This drought situation not only is effecting grain farmers, but also cattle farmers. Just the other day I was reading an article about a father/son farm where they had to sell out because of this situation. With dead pastures, no water, and a lack of rain to grow alfalfa cattle farmers are in a tough spot. The son in the article said that this drought won’t only determine this year’s fate, but years to come. He went on to say that he and his father had worked decades building a herd – one you just can’t replace.
I can’t imagine what a hardship this is for them and my heart goes out to them, and all of those dealing with this drought. I can only offer words of encouragement and say keep your chin up and rain will come eventually. Meanwhile we have them all in our thoughts and prayers.
Be safe and God bless!
Emma can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.