We got 2.8 inches of rain today and it was really a good deal. When you have outdoor plans or hay down it’s not so great but our ponds have been really low since last fall.
This is actually our county road.
So what does all this mean to someone who is not a farmer or rancher?
First, by receiving a good heavy rain like we did today it soaks the pastures and fields. This causes a really good moisture base and allows the crops and pasture grasses to put down deep roots that will help sustain them when it gets really hot.
Second, it causes runoff that fills the ponds and reservoirs. Besides fish, wildlife and most domestic livestock depend on this for drinking. If the pond isn’t fenced off the cows will get in for a cool down and to help fight flies in the hot weather.
Third, there is a certain amount of water that leaches through the soil, which cleans it, and gets back into the water table that is then pumped through a well for human consumption and crop irrigation.
Fourth, the rain cleans everything! I’m sure you’ve noticed how much brighter the tree and plant leaves look because it cleans the dust and pollen off them. Did you know that the rain even cleanses the air we breath? It helps take out the pollen and pollutants that are often thick this time of year.
Finally, it nearly eliminates the risk of wildfires as the lush green grasses overtake the dry dormant grass from last season.
Sure I’d rather have a nice mild sunny day with a light breeze and a pleasant temperature, who wouldn’t? But free life sustaining water that just drops out of the sky every now and then is exactly what we need. I’m sure there are a lot of other benefits that I didn’t think of so feel free to chime in! I’d love to see your comments about how the rainfall benefits you.
’Til next time, keep your rubber boots handy!