Some helpful rain

Over an inch and a half of rain has fallen here in the last 36 hours.  A welcome meteorological gift – it didn’t fall all at once, and soils here were not saturated so it didn’t run off.  Our creeks and rivers are not overflowing at the moment (and our prayers go out for those who don’t share this blessing at the moment).  So this rain is welcome and much appreciated.  Almost all the row crops in Ohio are planted, and most seem to be in fairly good shape.  May 2015 is nearly spent.  In a few hours June will arrive and the growing season here will move into another gear.

Weed control will take the place of planting on center stage.  Side dressing the corn is well underway and nearing completion in some quarters.  I don’t have much to side dress, and can easily do all I need to do in an afternoon.  The weeds are another issue.

Life is fascinating.  We each choose to live our individual lives in our own way.  There are parameters of course.  We Homo sapiens don’t fly without assistance, nor do we breathe under water.  But even with such shortcomings we are allowed to enjoy some pretty fantastic scenery.  Those of us who choose to live life on its terms – to be one of nature’s creatures within the parameters and make the best through our own sweat and toil – I think are the happiest people.

So it has often puzzled me why we often choose rain for a downer… as from Longfellow’s poem:

The Rainy Day

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Yes, Longfellow acknowledges the sun behind the clouds… but I think he passes over the value of the gift of the rain.  Too much rain is another matter.  But right here, right now, an inch and a half is a good thing.  A cool sip at the end of a long hot day.



  1. Unrelated note for you, Clem. I made my trek along the 36 highway food desert yesterday. I did spot one garden of veggies this year! It was a 4×8 raised bed of tomatoes just west of Danville.


    1. Depressing news. Thanks for sharing… I’m at a loss to explain why there is so little gardening in the countryside. We have a small garden at our main research nursery… it really isn’t that difficult.

      Oh, I should share with you some intel that has seeped through the cracks of late. It seems a certain Ohio based soybean researcher is contemplating a road trip to East Tennessee this weekend. Suspicious activity in the Knoxville area might indicate he made the trip. Be sure to lock your doors and windows.


  2. Just in time to help with some haymaking. A nice three day weekend of sun and no rain. Hope I just didn’t curse it. Enjoy your visit. One of these trips hit me up and we’ll grab a beer.


    1. Good luck haying. Keep the rubber on the ground, and the hay on the wagon.

      On one of these trips we’ll need to coordinate with the harvest of one of Delores’ offspring – they should be getting close, no? If you have standing orders, I can wait. But I should probably be getting set up on the list. And I’ll bring boots this weekend… just in case Knoxville kicks me out. 🙂


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