Preparing for a Late Fall rain

Farmers are notorious for complaining about the weather, and rain in particular.  There's too much of it, or too little, or at the wrong time, or--my favorite--we need it in one part of the farm but NOT the other.  For the most part, rain (and predictions of rain) can shape our work priorities but we can generally roll with the punches, despite the complaints.  We have irrigation and, though it's much more labor intensive, we can make it rain when we need to. This week has been shaped by rain predictions for what could be several inches over the next few days.  What's different about a late fall heavy rain is that there is this possibility that the fields won't dry out before winter.  Cooler temperatures and shorter days mean that moisture stays in the soil much much longer than in the heat of the summer.  So what does this mean for us?  It means that by the time it starts raining tonight, we should have all the tilling, planting, and mechanical harvesting that we want done for the season, DONE--or at least be okay with what we left undone!  Yikes! That means that we spent the last couple days planting garlic (the last thing we plant in the field in the fall), tilling under spent crops, plowing fields in preparation for the spring, and digging carrots with our tractor-mounted undercutter.  We still have carrots in the ground, and if it stays wet we will have to hand-dig them if we want them.  I feel great about what we were able to do so bring on the rain!  (but not too much, and not too much wind, and no hail, and if it could be over by 3pm tomorrow that would be really helpful...)
Trained in the new guy just in time...

Trained in the new guy just in time...

 
Carrot digging crew

Carrot digging crew

 
14,000 cloves of garlic tucked in!

14,000 cloves of garlic tucked in!

 
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