All Soggy And Mucky

These last few weeks of rain have turned everything into a muddy mess. We are getting some moisture every day but many 24 hour periods are seeing more than an inch accumulation.

Mike had been putting of driving south to get grain until the weather cleared, but he bull pen has only a day supply left and the show barn that holds the cows and heifers on one side and the newly weaned heifers on the other has less than a two day supply of feed. In order to make the grain supply stretch a little longer we had cut down on the volume of grain they were all eating and upped the hay we were measuring out for each meal. The critters are not pleased with the idea of scrimping on the grain and we do not excess hay to increase the daily volume for very long.

Even though it is still raining every day, Mike has decided we cannot wait any longer to get our load of two tons of grain. He has a mat in the bed of the pickup to hold the grain above any moisture that happens to sneak in as he is driving and uses a stout, rainproof tarp to secure the load under the cargo straps. Even though he wraps things up securely, the rain still seems to get in so once home we will need to get air to the grain to dry out the excess moisture to prevent spoilage.

Even inside the barns, the relative humidity is right around 95% and the bull barn has been having rain and wind bringing in wetness well beyond where I have trying to bundle firewood. Each day, I have been sweeping the water out of the open door and each night the rain and wind re-wet the area. I hear that the weather is supposed to break in the next week or so and that will help firm up the pasture ground and dry the insides of the storage areas of the barns. That is good news for the cows, their grain and for the bundling area of the barn.

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Playing In The Rain

We all need a little down time, that moment or two throughout the day to kick up a heel or do a little jig. Those carefree moments can seem to transport us from a day of slogging through the rain, to light and carefree exuberance. Babies of all species learn from those times of wild gyrations or wiggly movements, new muscles are being worked while balance and new abilities are forged.

The younger calves in the nursery field are testing their strength with each other by touching heads and trying to push each other out of the way. They try messing with the bigger calf and even the mom’s in the field, with the larger animals ignoring the little ones attempts to bother them. The calves love to run toward the Gator when we are driving out in the field and fly their tales high in the air as they come flying across the pasture.

The newest baby in the nursery field is KAOS,  now just a week old now and can be seen chomping on a single spear of hay during meal time. It is still more important to grab a few slugs of milk from his mother #99 than eating solid food, but he is getting the idea that when there is food being placed in the field it is time to eat.

At mealtime when we throw out slabs of hay, the babies spend time nosing around and sometimes fighting the hay in an attempt to outwit the pile that fluffs into loose hay as the calf flips it around. Once it is broken into a loose pile rather than a stiff slab, the calf changes tactics and flops down in the hay to enjoy the soft downy pile.

It was a gray, rainy day that I happened to get a few pictures of Hopper who was having  a grand time scooting around a slab of hay and trying to work it into submission. He was not troubled by the muddy ground, the rain coming down or any other creatures out in the field. He was busy taking time to play in the rain.

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The Wet Part Of This Storm System

We made it through the first part of this storm system over the weekend with breezy winds, temperatures in the high 30’s and more than 5 inches of rain. It is a soggy, muddy mess all around the farm. The pastures are sodden, the swamp is twice the size it was last week and is again running over the culvert that can’t keep up and we have a new pond in the back of the big hay field.

When I checked it Sunday afternoon, I spotted about 20 ducks enjoying the day swimming to and fro around the pond. They seemed very content even though it was windy and very rainy, they continued on their lazy meanderings as if it was a sunny summer day.

The vibrant sun would pop out from time to time as the clouds whizzed by, and rainbows could be seen brilliant for brief glances, but most of the time it was simply wet with occasional periods of chunky rain that was nearly snow. Round two of this storm system should bring colder weather with snow or ice predicted the rest of the week. Sunday afternoon the rain changed more to snow and began sticking around 5pm.

We will be watching and listening our forest during upcoming week. With the ground saturated, the heavy weight of snow and ice on the branches could cause breakage or uproot trees easier than when the ground is drier.

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Weather Concerns

This last week has had us looking up into the sky wondering if the wild weather of snow and or ice is actually heading our way. The forecasters have been taking about it for more than a week now and it looks like something dramatic is brewing out in the Pacific Ocean.

Today, Friday, was supposed to be the beginning with some rain coming inland. During the morning chores the wind was blowing and rain was coming down, when trying to throw slabs of hay into the outdoor mangers the wind would blow a lot of it out of the slabs and swirl them around, the cows wet with rain, were all coated in fine hay since they were crowding around their version of the breakfast table. The hay stuck to them and they looked more like green cows than black cows.

Extremely high tides along with 30 foot swells are expected to hit the coast line by Saturday morning. The local highways around the town of Seaside will be under water until the tide goes out and the wild waves calm.

Back when I worked away from home, I spent some years working in the town of Seaside and got to witness first hand what it looks like with high tides and storm surges. In order to get home one evening after working a 12 hour shift, I had to drive along a submerged stretch of highway. It was well past dark and the road was closed to all cars, only high profile pickups and trucks were allowed to drive, and even then it was only when guided through the worst of the flooding with a pilot pickup truck.  When the water was about 6 inches deep, I could see large salmon swimming ahead of me in the headlights, right there in the middle of the road. Halfway through the stretch of flooded highway I was wishing that I had just spent the night in town rather than try to make it past the line of flooded out vehicles stranded along the road.

I had to pull over after I had safely been escorted through the dangerous, swift water and thanked my lucky stars that I made it through the encounter. After I was able to calm down enough to continue the hour long drive home with the rain and wind lashing at the vehicle and the windshield washers barely making the vision clear enough to drive.

It sounds like this storm is supposed to be a doozy and keep winds and rain along with high tides through the weekend before it turns colder when snow and ice are predicted. We are going to have to hold on tight and see what comes.

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A Week Of Rain

It is getting very mucky out there and it is going to get much more mucky before this storm system scours out of our area. We did have a low water year last year, not drought conditions as such, but we are looking at issues arising if we don’t get more rain this year. This week of wet weather is sure to bring the rainfall totals up but getting all that rain in a short span of a week is not only very messy, it also does damage as the large amounts of water along with gravity changes landscapes.

We are again checking all the water bars across the dirt logging roads that filter water away from the surface and into culverts to keep the damaging sluicing grooves the rapid plumes can dig. Several times I day, I shovel the trench around the show barn  that gets filled with liquefied mud and muck that settles and plugs the outlet for rain water to go around instead of through the barn (I haven’t been able to be successful at my endeavor 100% of the time, and I do have standing water in the lounging area again). We have had to re-open the culvert under the road that leads to the bridge over the river to keep the water flowing under rather than over the road, but there is too much water for the six inch culvert to keep up with the overflow from the swamp on the other side of the county road.

The river is currently running the full span of the bridge with six more days of wet weather expected. Although this amount of rain puts this area in flood stage, the river is still mostly contained inside it’s banks with only a little low level or riparian area flooding. We will be monitoring conditions as the rain continues to come down and until this storm system passes, we will be wearing our full body rain gear while doing anything outdoors.

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The Aftermath Of A Wild Week

It was a busy week of trying to keep up with all the rain/water issues. Part of that time, I happened to be the one in charge of the farm and attempted to prepare enough firewood bundles for delivery to busy stores, keep the animals taken care of while making multiple trips to the airport for those who needed pickup and delivery service, made a run into The Meating Place to pick up the finished beef we had harvested on December 5th, and still had a class in Forest Grove and one in Vernonia throughout the week.
I would take some time off to kick back and relax, but we are currently out of bundles of kindling, firewood and premium, along with that I need to make up some more kindling so we can get a crib moved into the heated garage to dry in front of the large fans and dehumidifier so we don’t run out by the end of January. The barns need some serious scooping with the tractor where the flow of rainwater invaded the loafing areas. The paths that we had to use when the main herd was stuck on this side of the river are now a muddy mess and need some attention in the form of rock. It seems hard to figure out what to do first.
After listening to the most recent weather forecast, I believe we will start with cutting some logs that are straight grained into 16 inch blocks. This may take a couple of days between the other chores but once I have the blocks, we can start to haul loads into the barn to split them into kindling and stack them in a drying crib.
The rest of the work will have to be done in bits and pieces as weather permits. Or I may just take a nap.

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