Flooding. Again; here. For those not aware, last fall we lost our walking tractor in the floods (a 20 year old Mainline, worked fine). But it wasn't on our farm; it was in town, undergoing pre-harvest maintenance; and the water came over the dikes, so that, and our other commercial mower (17 hp diesel) were totally underwater for 3 days. Not worth fixing.
This time, the new Grillo is under a roof, on our farm; and oddly enough I didn't build anything here on flood plain; so it's perfectly safe.
Our neighbors are not, however; rain's still falling, scheduled to do so for another 24 hours. We've had a measly 4" so far; to the south, they've had 10 so far-
We did spend an hour in the root cellar last night- tornado warning; the real thing, and tracking right towards us. It missed, though I haven't been over the farm yet to see what-all happened. busy busy! Hey, the DSL is still working!
I'm feeling bad for the neighbors. All their newly planted corn and beans are going to be under water or washed out, with deep gullies cut in the newly plowed fields sitting there naked in the rain. My own fields will be unaffected; but the creek down in our valley is now running high and dark brown, carrying the neighbors' soil away.
Traditional row crop agriculture is now going to be much less tenable, as global warming proceeds, for a flock of reasons. You hear about drought, and change, as problems; but the one I see as devastating is the great increase in torrential rainfall- the rapid runoff cuts right through those nice "conservation tillage" practices; cutting gullies, stripping soil.
Farmers find those gullies embarrassing; a sign of poor stewardship- so mostly they tend to hide them. Plow over, pretend it never happened. But that soil is now gone, forever. And the fertility.
Farm exports! For decades, we've crowed that we feed the world! The strength of our wonderful farm economy!
Apart from any quibbles about that- what we actually export, when we ship soybean oil to China is- our soil. Our children's future.
Now, faster than ever; much faster.
So, after getting out, during a break in the rain- hey, we've got a foot of water in the "root cellar"- also the storm cellar, and our seed cellar- not good. Got a little electric pump running on the backup generator- but it's a major pain. The cellar is like on the top of a hill- should it be flooding? Heck no- but the ground is so wet it's sheeting off; and it is finding its way down the entryway (which was badly designed; long story).
Other than that- it's wet, the food garden is fine; we've got a ton of frogs singing in the pond that were quiet yesterday; trees are fine except for a few showing leaf damage from high storm winds hitting soft new leaves.
never a dull.