Dried up pastures...
Well folks, we are experiencing one of Oklahoma's worst droughts since the 1980's. It is dry, dry, dry. And no chance of good rain in sight - in the near or distant future. We have not had any measurable rain in our little part of Oklahoma since mid-May. It really shows in our pastures, yard, gardens, ponds, etc.
The pond on our back pasture is completely dry and the big pond is lower than we have ever seen it. It is so sad to see the place and all the country around us looking like it is. We've been feeding all the livestock since June. Hopefully we've accumulated enough hay to make it through until we get some much needed rain.
The only patches of green are near the trees that we've been watering to try and keep them alive and what's left of the garden,,, still getting some tomatoes squash and green chiles. :) We've been very blessed with a strong well, We have heard that many wells have gone dry in places around us. So sad to watch this and not be able to do anything about it.
Grasshoppers have taken over and are reeking havoc with plants, trees, and everything else they want to eat. They have moved into the yard and around the house as their forage has dried up in the pastures. Clouds swarm up and around your face when you are walking they are so thick. Millions of them on the fences, trees, plants....everywhere!
Guineas to the rescue!! Well, sort of... <grin> We bought 10 - 4 month old guineas last weekend. they are supposed to be the greatest thing for bugs - especially grasshoppers! Unfortunately we can't let them out until they are used to the place and have been here for a week or two. In the mean time we've been bringing them the hoppers that have been caught in the pool skimmer. They go crazy!! pecking and talking. They absolutely love them. We can't wait to let them loose on the grasshoppers. We could probably use a hundred of the guineas right now to help keep down the grasshoppers we have. LOL
Hope your summer has been a good one. Stay cool and enjoy. Send good rain thoughts our way please. :) We need it badly. Take care!
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.