[Market-farming] winter weather

Errol Castens castens at nepower.coop
Thu Feb 15 10:11:03 EST 2007

Speaking of bad winters, we've had snowfall three different times here in
North Mississippi. Once we could actually see it on the ground -- almost
half an inch.

When I was a kid in Central Mississippi we got 2-4 inches of snow about
once every three years; once we got six inches! I moved 135 miles north 16
years ago, and we haven't had but one or two 2-inch snows since. Terrible
ice storm once and two inches of sleet another time, but never enough snow
to do more than mess up traffic.

I'm sure people in the Midwest and Northeast feel sorry for us...

Errol Castens
Oxford, Mississippi
Zone 7 officially (but it hasn't been below 10 degrees in several years)

On Mon, February 12, 2007 11:15 pm, Marcy said:
> Sue, It's funny how the headlines change and we don't always see the end
> of
> the story. I'm on the edge of the worst of the snow in CO - about 20 miles
> east of us and on further is where they got hammered. As Elaine mentioned,
> we're used to having it melt off in a couple days with so much sunshine
> here. Most of the ranchers plan on grazing all winter with minimal
> supplemental feed. They're just beginning to see the effects of the storm.
> Initially the cows were lost. Now we still have snowpack on the ground and
> even if they got feed to them in time they may lose up to half their
> calves
> this spring. And the cows that survive don't have the body reserves they
> need. It's a tough road and I'm guessing we'll see a lot of places going
> under. Hay is in short supply and more expensive than usual.
> I've been pulling feed to the chickens on my sled for close to two months
> now instead of the typical 4 days a winter that I can't pull my wagon. Not
> sure how it will be for the ranchers, but for our poor milk cow I don't
> know
> if the snow was worse or now that some of it is melting in the corral the
> sopping wet mud.
> There were lots of buildings damaged. Our 4-H exhibit hall is ruined.
> We just about lost our greenhouse, but spent 3 days digging snow off the
> sides that don't slope enough and managed to save it.
> Anyone from the Buffalo area?
> Marcy
> SE Colo
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sue Wells" <farmersue at hughes.net>
> To: "'Market Farming'" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2007 4:39 AM
> Subject: [Market-farming] winter weather
>>I have been wondering about the starving cattle in Colorado, and
>> areas that had so much news coverage, I haven't heard anything lately,
>> were
>> a lot lost? I also wondered why help was not available sooner.
>> How is everyone's winter? Has there been too much ice damage? I am not
>> sure
>> if anyone is having a mild winter anymore. It is pretty cold uphere in
>> Vermont.
>> Sue Wells

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