Another crazy year for weather locally

The new year is coming up and soon we can say good-bye to 2007. It was an interesting year, giving us all kinds of constantly changing weather.
We didn’t have a lot of snow to contend with but things went right to the bottom of the freezer in February, when it was extremely cold. Things started to warm up, though, and the little snow we did have was almost all gone by the end of March.
Then we got hit by a two-day storm and had snow again for a few weeks.
In the end, however, the meager snowfall through the winter—even helped by the late storm—was not enough to replenish the ground after the dry conditions of 2006.
The melt soaked in, but it hardly made a dent in soil moisture.
April couldn’t decide if it wanted to be warm or cool, and kept switching back and forth on us. May came along and started to give us some normal rainfall, but it still remained cool and very windy.
The average rains continued into June and haying got underway. Reports are that the first cut generally went well, although there were the usual inopportune sprinkles, apparently more so in the west end of the district.
Still, first cut yields came out about average.
Mother Nature then turned off the taps and cranked up the thermostat for July and August, giving us some very hot and dry weather. This put a dent into some of the second cut hay and had a few producers pulling their animals from pasture and/or start feeding them early.
In some cases, rotational grazing had to be stopped because there was no re-growth in the earlier grazed paddocks.
Most producers I talked to thought they would have enough hay, although there were some who talked about shipping animals earlier than usual and/or culling a little more heavily in order to try and make it through the winter with the hay they had.
September rolled around and there was snow on the ground on the 14th, although thankfully it didn’t last. Also that month, the U.S.D.A. released Rule 2, which would allow older cattle into the United States.
October turned out to be very wet. The rain came down, the loonie went up, and cattle prices took a nose-dive. Rule 2 did come into effect in November and small numbers of Canadian cattle started moving to the U.S. again.
The loonie settled down a bit, but the cattle prices still aren’t looking very good.
The snow held off almost until the end of November but as I write this, we’re having another dump of it. I think there already is more on the ground now than we had all of last winter.
Here’s hoping Mother Nature settles down a bit for next year.
Wishing you a happy holiday season filled with beautiful moments and cherished memories.

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