It’s hot here in Central Kansas, very hot. Consistent 90 to 100-degree days have put all irrigation pivots in play and kept farmers busy moving flood irrigation pipe and changing gates- where the water goes from the pipe. The crops, thus far, have thrived in the summer heat but with no substantial rain falls during the past two weeks- and little hope for rain this week- crops will begin getting thirsty. We are now keeping our fingers crossed for a break in the heat and a little rain.
In addition to irrigation, farmers are busy working ground that wheat was grown in and preparing it for this fall’s wheat planting. Most tractors, today, have both air conditioning and a radio in the cab, which means field work is tolerable. But field work takes time, which means long days.
Producers that own cattle must also spend time each day making sure their animals have water and shade. Cattle are especially sensitive to the heat and humidity so extra time and attention must be dedicated to them.
Summer days will soon be coming to an end, marked by cattle returning home from grazing pastures later this month. Fall harvest will then begin in September and will last for at least two months. Then its winter and dealing with the cold and snow. Ah snow, that sounds kind of nice right now.