After Irene



The flood waters have receded, and we've had a few days to assess the crop damage from Tropical Storm Irene. The more we learn, the worse it gets.  The corn is coated in a thick layer of dried mud and silt, and there's really nothing that can be done. You can't feed cows dirty corn. What now? R&D have spent many weary hours trying to figure it out.

We are so grateful no people or animals were injured, but the mud hangs on the plants like the nagging sadness weighing on our hearts for all the time, effort, and money lost as a result of this storm. I've seen photos of other farms that were hit worse than ours, and my heart aches for those families. We are so lucky our barns weren't damaged and our animals stayed safe. But we still have a big problem on our hands.

I was telling a friend from college about the storm today, and was struggling to explain what it's been like. The best I could come up with was this: You know that awful feeling you get when your computer crashes and you realize you haven't saved your work? This is like crashing while writing the final paragraph of your thesis.

OHmommy (September 2, 2011 at 5:33 PM)  

Just read this out loud to my children. They are very worried about your cows and trying to think of solutions.

Nourishing Words (September 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM)  

I'm so sorry. I can't begin to imagine how discouraging a loss like this must be, so late in the season.
Eleanor

Marti Peralta (September 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM)  

I know it's late to comment on this topic of Irene, but despite how hard it is to overcome such a situation, it is also rewarding to start and help colleagues who have been in the same situation. In Colombia there is a help page for farmers, especially to inform disaster prevention methods http://www.agronet.gov.co/agronetweb1/Clima.aspx is in Spanish because I write from my home country, but I think tools like this are very useful and blogs like yours farmers !

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