Like in many other areas, our weather this spring has been unusual. The winter was exceptionally warm, and so far this spring has been exceptionally dry. I don't know the date of our last rain, but I do know that we haven't had any measurable rainfall since I planted my potatoes on March 14th. A burning ban was placed on the county because it's been so dry.
Just this week, Jim reseeded nine acres of alfalfa. The original seed was in the ground for almost a month with no rain, and was not sprouting, so he went over the fields with a no till drill and new seed. His hope is, that with this rain, the newly seeded alfalfa will sprout, along with some of the old seed, making a thick stand.
The rain started last evening, and it has rained steadily all day today. Our rain gauge is broken, so we don't have an accurate measure, but it's been a substantial amount. (A suggestion to all those businesses who hand out calendars at Christmas time..how about rain gauges instead!)
This was the view out my north kitchen window after milking time tonight...
We'll go to bed tonight with the sound of rain drops against the window, pile on the blankets (it's chilly tonight!) and we will be thankful!