Rain Please

Remember back in June when it wouldn’t stop raining? Day after day, it rained, and rained and rained.

More Rain (4)

We couldn’t get the soybeans planted because it was too wet.

We couldn’t cut hay because it was too wet.

And for a while, we couldn’t even drive down the road because of flooding.

Yesterday about noon

We wished it would stop raining.

Be careful what you wish for.

It hasn’t rained for over a month.

The soybeans (the ones we couldn’t plant because it was too wet, but we did eventually get them planted) are trying to fill out their bean pods, but last week it was so hot(it was 100 degrees on Sunday!), dry, and windy, that the plants nearly died.

We’ve been watching lately as it rains all around. It’s been raining in Nebraska. It’s been raining down in Topeka. It’s been raining over in Missouri.

One morning last week, we watched it rain just a few miles east of us:

Storn (2)

Storn (1)

Last night, we finally got some rain, somewhere between a quarter and half-inch. It’s the most rain we’ve received in over a month.  It’s not enough to help the beans much, we’ll definitely need more, but it’s a start.

And the heatwave has finally broken. Here’s our forecast for this week:


The temperatures are more reasonable – our highs this week are 20 degrees cooler than last week. And there are chances for more rain.

We need more rain – there may not be a soybean crop without it.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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9 Responses

  1. We had a half an inch in our rain gauge this morning. Been sprinkling on and off all day. Like you we needed it so, the wet stuff is very welcomed.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I’m going outside to fan the rain clouds in your direction!
    Florida hugs,

    ps- love the photos!

  3. Mary in Idaho says:

    Beautiful rain storm pictures. My husband and I have often mentioned that we don’t know another profession that really needs to live by faith than dry land farmers. Bless you for all your hard work and the way you provide for your own family and so many other families food.

  4. Linda says:

    They’re starting to make noises about a tropical system in the NW Gulf this coming weekend. We don’t want a storm, but a good tropical system, rightly placed, might throw some rain up your way. I hope you do get some, no matter which direction it comes from. We went through July without any, and it was looking a little grim around here. Now? It might as well be April, as lush and green as everything is. I suppose now there are Texas farmers crossing their fingers for dry weather, for harvest!

  5. Jeanne L says:

    We did get a bit of rain – almost a quarter inch – a while back, but the little benefits from that are gone. We really need more. I pray that YOU get some! I don’t want you to lose that crop!

    Our poor lawn looks so awful, having gone all summer with NO water! Dry, hard and beyond crispy, what’s left of the blades of grass are actually wearing away, where we must walk. All that has been watered are our trees, flowers and the small veggie garden. 🙁

  6. Tina says:

    We are in the middle of a drought due to no snowpack to give us much needed water in our lakes and reservoirs but continue to hang on. However we don’t have farm land here that feeds the world. I wish you all the best and pray you get your rain in time for the crops to be saved. Can’t wait to see the siding finished. I saw a peek on Instagram. It is so pretty and white, it looks like a fairytale cottage. Great job!

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