We here on the Sawyer Farm in the middle of Central Kansas and all things dry are sick and tired of being hot and tired. The drought has worn us out! Derek and his father work tireless seven days a week to keep water flowing to the crops and cattle. The heat makes everything more difficult and puts us all at risk for heat stroke and illness.
We cannot make it rain and the outlook for substantial moisture is bleak. We pray daily but can only wait and do a little dance.
In an effort to make a bad situation a little more enjoyable, I thought I would point out the perks of a drought. This list isn’t intended to make a laughing matter of a very dire and serious situation but instead help us look at the glass as half full – even though our ponds are completely empty!
The “Bright Side” of A Drought
(1) Our social/athletic and church events aren’t rained out
(2) I don’t have to worry about slopping through the mud on my morning runs
(3) The weeds don’t grow quite as fast
(4) We don’t have to watch the weather each day – we know we’ve got another week of hot, dry days ahead
(5) Our lawn mowing bill is substantially cheaper because the grass simply doesn’t grow
(6) I can wash my car without fear of it raining the next day
(7) We’re saving money by staying home this summer. Farmers vacation when it rains. No rain = no vacation.
(8) We don’t have to fear mudslides – not that we ever had before –but at least it’s one natural disaster we can cross of our list
(9) The need for water prompted a much-needed change to our state’s water usage laws
(10) Agriculture is making headlines. We, as farmers, never like to make the nightly news with bad news but the media’s coverage of the drought has helped to illustrate the importance of a safe and affordable domestic food supply. The stories and photos have also shown just how turbulent and unpredictable the agriculture industry can be and why risk reduction tools such as crop insurance as so vital to keeping America’s families farming another day.