Mother nature is something farmers learn to deal with. Many of them often wish for rain, but right now that is not the case for at least one farmer.
“This has been a brutal winter,” McPherson County farmer Derek Sawyer said. “There’s no way we could ever travel in a field like that with the equipment we have.”
Sawyer said farming has been a part of his family for as long as he can remember.
But he said this winter has been tougher than in years past.
“I can’t plant plant my seeds with this,” he said. “A lot of the work that would have been done November and early December, we haven’t thought about doing right now because it’s been so wet.”
Since October, he said inches of rain and snow have covered his fileds on and off.
He said by now, tillage should be done, but over saturated fields have forced him to put things on hold.
“If you till the ground that is too wet, the soil will turn into cement,” he said. “It has to be just right.”
Sawyer said a good test to see when the soil is dry enough to start planting seeds if it crumbles between his fingers.
“Nope this is not ready,” he added.”
These wet conditions have not only impacted his crops, but also his cattle.
“We’re starting to fight some sickness in them,” he said. “They get diarrhea, their digestive system gets upset.”
With more rain coming, Sawyer said all he can do is pray.
“Hoping we can find some dry weather and get some things done,” he said. “Right now, it’s just a waiting game.”