Emma: Rain delays harvest

Rain has come to Oklahoma! We are back to our typical Oklahoma weather complete with tornadoes, and hail.

There are good – and bad – things about these thunderstorms. The good thing is that it’s helping the drought situation, but it’s just to late to help the wheat and that’s the bad part. We aren’t the only ones getting severe weather. Joplin, Missouri was hit really hard as most of you have probably seen and although we haven’t had as severe tornadoes, or inches of rain that they have, we have had our share.

Today (Monday) a thunderstorm rolled through Gotebo, Okla., and other parts of the state. This storm had golfball to baseball size hail and a tornado four miles east of town. We called our farmer right away and asked if he was able to ride out the storm. He told us that he did get some hail, but thankfully not enough to do much damage and the tornado was south of him. He was fortunate to miss the weather, but others aren’t as lucky. We pray for those who lost what little crop they had left.

All this weather has our crew in “what’s the plan” mode. Plans always change and ours have a couple of times. We thought we might leave tomorrow, but with this rain delay we are looking at Wednesday. We hope that gives the wheat a little time to dry out. So, we’ll stay around home and spend our time being productive – rather than sitting and watching the wheat dry.

Be safe out there, especially with all of these storms out there, and God bless!

Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

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