|It's tough to get a photo that shows just how wet, sloppy, and muddy it is, so this is as good as it gets|
It's said that you should never complain about the rain, but it's getting harder and harder not to complain. I'm starting to think that I'm more suited to living in a desert than a swamp or rainforest. At least there isn't much chance of flooding around here since the farm is up on high ground between a couple of major creek drainages.
|No-till grain sorghum field after a hard 3-inch rain|
With all this rain it is a little satisfying that most of the rainfall seems to be soaking in instead running off on the cropland. If this field of grain sorghum had been tilled before planting, I'd expect to have a lot of erosion and ponding in this field after 21 inches of rain in a month.
There is some water running off the ends of the terraces and down some fencelines, but it looks like there isn't any soil moving and the water isn't particularly muddy. Even if my no-till and cover cropping efforts weren't improving my soils, the reduction in erosion would be worth the effort (I'm not really fond of gullies in my fields). I'm hoping that as soon as it starts to warm up a little, the grain sorghum will start to grow like gangbusters and maybe this will be the year that I finally grow some high-yielding grain sorghum.