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        04-23-2011, 02:34 PM
    Oh wow your from Seminole! I was raised in Tulsa, Barltesville, and COpan OK.
    I sure do miss the days of buying Alfalfa hay for 75 cents a bale in the fields! I don't think well ever see those prices again! I want to visit my son in Copan and he said that it had rained once this entire spring. What the heck is going on????

    Why is this drought so severe and what are we going to do if we don't start getting some rain soon?? I'm on a shallow well that ran dry a few years ago so i'm pretty freaked out. My mother has a well that goes down over 200 ft into the aquifir but those can run dry too. It never has, but I know I saw on tv that we are running the water out of these aquifers watering the corn in dry states and that every year the farmers have to go deeper and deeper to get to the water. The show said that the water in some of those aquifers took thousands of years to get there and we are just spraying it on the crops like we have water forever......look at Africa if you want to know what it will be like.... there is a huge desert now that was lush farm land within the last few generations. And of course once the desert takes over the problem is exacerbated cause nothing will grow there due to no rain and no plants mean no rain in the future.... I'm worried guys.....
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        04-23-2011, 02:41 PM
    BuddyTheElf, boy I tell you what if we don't get some rain soon we are going to be in trouble. Mississippi is the 3rd wettest state in the US behind Florida and Hawaii and if we are in a Drought you know the rest of the country is HURTING! At least around here. MY grass has stalled and isn't growing at all. I'm surprised that you have ANY grass if it has not rained in a year! My cattle are strarting to eat the sticker(blackberry) bushes! Yikes..... I don't know how it's going to affect then but eating sticker bushes can't be good for the tummy......
        04-23-2011, 02:58 PM
    Yeah, around here, we don't have it quite as bad as Buddy. Back in ?December? We got like 6 inches of really dry snow that evaporated instead of melting and that's all we've had since last fall. All I can say is thank God for irrigation. We did find some big round bales of good alfalfa yesterday from an irrigated farm that were only about $80 each so that's something.
        04-23-2011, 03:10 PM
    Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
    Hay is scarce here too. I just paid $45 a bale for 800 lb round bales of bermuda, delivered, and I'm happy I could find it! Squares are up to $7.00 each for good bermuda, $7.50 from the feed store when they have it.
    That's nothing... Crappy COASTAL hay here is $70 a round bale or $7-9 a square bale..
        04-24-2011, 09:28 AM
    I will trade you the flooding for a bit of dry weather
        04-24-2011, 12:12 PM
    Well, we've had a break from the drought the last couple of days - thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and RAIN!!!!!!!!!!

    I think we've had over 3" of rain. It will help bring our hay and pasture on, and put a little more water in the pond. I just hope that we don't go right back into a dry pattern for a while. All the rain coming at the same time, followed by nothing - won't really do a lot of good.

    WildAcre - I was born and raised in Tulsa. Moved here in 1984 with hubby and our two daughters and have been here ever since. I love it long as we get enough rain! Our well is a DEEP well, and we dread the day that the pump has to be replaced. That's going to be a real PITA!
        04-24-2011, 12:57 PM
    Hey Dee! OMG that's so cool. I LOVE Tulsa!! My son still lives just outside Bartelsville! In Copan which is up hwy 75N just past Dewey. Yep that's my old stomping grounds! Showed/broke/ rode the hoofs off of many a horses in that area when I was a wee nipper ;)
    Thank GOD you had a little rain!!! We keep having cloudy skies and thunder clouds day after day but NO rain...... I went out and bought several hundred $$ worth of automatic watering devices in order to try to irrigate a little of our pasture to keep it growing. My shallow well will only run for about 45 minuted straight before it quits. I'm not sure if the pump is overheating or the well has a slow recovery and it just runs out of water..... I admit I'm ******ed when it comes to wells GRRRRRRR! Anyway planned to set up 4 diferent Zones and water for a half hour in each zone. It feels like I'm wasting my time with it but I feel like I have to try something........or else have a 12 acre dirt pasture made of red cement......
        04-24-2011, 01:00 PM
    Does anyone know what they get for that beautiful looking Standlee hay they advertise on our board? They say that its ava from the feed store up the street but they are closed for the weekend. It looks beautiful. MY guess is 27.50 a bale.
    Square string bale.
        04-24-2011, 05:30 PM
    Wildacrefarms, start saving rain water, if it ever rains. I put eavestroughing along the edge of my barn and it emptied into a big livestock. I was lucky enough to get hit with a 5 min. Squall about every two weeks that filled the tank to overflowing. I too was concerned about the well. The ground was so parched it didn't help the pasture.
        04-24-2011, 06:14 PM
    If you want to water from your well, I would use soaker hoses made from old recycled tires. They don't require much water pressure to work, and the water all goes into the ground without evaporating, like it does with a sprinkler system. It might be a PITA to move around, but it uses a lot less water and gets better results. That's what we had to use when we lived over near Sparks, OK. We had a shallow well with a really SLOW recovery time. It only took us 10-15 minutes running a full stream of water to empty the well. No way could we run an automatic washing machine! However, we could fill up a really long system of thoses soaker hoses to water our garden, turn off the water and just let the water drip out of the hoses into the ground.

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