Center-pivot irrigators roll over the fortunate fields, while other crops wait for rain. Meanwhile, insects find some green grass, native cup plants reach for the sky, and our local swans are still protecting their four cygnets from predators, hoping to get them to flying size before the marsh dries up.
Finally, after almost two weeks of wondering how our local family of trumpeter swans was fairing, we spotted them once again. Still all four young are doing well and growing rapidly, now to the size of large ducks.
In the meantime, little rain has fallen and crops are beginning to stress. Storm clouds dance about, but drop little moisture.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..