What’s been going on!
Another storm unlike any other. While we were spared the worst of it, there are many people down east who were not, including farming friends of ours. There will be a lot of money raised, donations and time given but most of the farming community will not be the focus of all that generosity. Our friends at the Rural Advancement Foundation International are already working on helping farmers in the disaster area and need your donations to support their work. This is one of the main things that RAFI does, come to the aid of farmers in crisis and assist them through all the red tape involved when their farms are in danger of being lost.
Our damage has been limited to just too much rain, nearly 8 inches with the 4 inches Sunday night and Monday morning sending the creeks and the Haw River way over their banks but that is not news to most people especially in Orange and Durham counties. Jennie and I did a field walk this morning and some crops look better than others with the lettuces that were almost ready to harvest looking hard hit and beginning to bolt or go to seed, which is a reaction to stress. Time will tell how the other crops respond but the peppers still look good.
The Haw River came way out of its banks and was supposed to crest somewhere near 26 feet but the gauge failed so it is hard to know exactly. If it did get that high it would be the 8th highest ever recorded and the deepest since hurricane Fran. It completely filled our bottom field and was certainly in the top 3 or 4 floods we have seen down there. We had pulled the irrigation pump and there were not crops down there so fortunately for us really no damage. Let’s hope fall will settle down and be pleasant.
Pictures of the Week
Near high tide, it came up another 2 feet from this point
This is where the irrigation pump normally sits, the water was over the meter, neck deep, if you look close you can see the bathtub ring on the trees
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