We’ve had a lot of rain lately. So much so that most of our pastures have large areas of water that are inhibiting the growth of grass for our animals. It’s good news during a drought like in 2016 — we didn’t have to water the blueberries and were able to help farmers that had no pasture. But this year, we have pools of water all over the property, and what is growing in the pastures is not what the animals want to eat.
The excess rain has also been a problem with the horses. The ground is like a sponge and when as they walk, they are stepping into the muddy ground leaving deep hoof prints in their trail. This leaves the pasture with small deep pockets that collect water making more mud. Basically ruining the pasture.
Yesterday, we had the people from USDA come out to see if they could help us determine the how to fix the problem. We found out that most of our pasture is considered wetlands. That means there are restrictions on what we can do. We could do a drainage system but that would run into a LOT of money. Our other option is to try to divert the water to other areas of the farm where the water isn’t as destructive.
Farming is largely dependent on the weather and changes in weather patterns can alter plans drastically. This year we will have a bumper crop of blueberries, but not sure if we will have enough pasture to share with the other farmers. It’s just something that gets worked out on a daily basis.