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Dry Conditions

Posted by Carissa Team Tink Staffer     0 Comment(s)    Add a Comment  comment-icon.png
07/07/2014 04:35 AM

Greetings from Tink World!

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. It was nice to spend some time at the farm. We'll be back on the road this week.

It's awfully dry here on the farm. Temperatures have been high and the lack of rain means the grass doesn't grow much, if at all. However bad it might be here, it's nowhere near the drought conditions that those in the Midwest have been experiencing. 

The Midwest has been in serious drought conditions for a few years. Some farmers have been forced to sell their animals because they can't afford to feed them. Since there isn't enough rain to make the grass grow and hay is just as hard to come by, some farmers have even had to sell their land.

It's a scary and very real problem. The water shortage, according to this article, isn't solely based on the lack of rain, it's a man-made problem. These farmers are turning to technology to save the day. Between overusing water and things like fracking, one of the world’s largest aquifers, the Ogallala, is almost dry. The Ogallala is replenished by rainfall. According to the article, once it's dry, it will be for many years, maybe even centuries. 

This may be the beginning of a water war. People have already sold the rights to water or sold land for others to possibly have more water. Some landowners, like billionaire oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, sold trillions of gallons of water from the Ogallala Aquifer that lay beneath 211,000 acres surrounding his ranch, near the Texas-Oklahoma border. In 2011, Pickens made $103 million when he sold his water rights to 11 nearby cities.

The farmers/ranchers aren't sure what the future holds. They are holding on and doing everything within their power to save the water that falls from the sky. With help from things like plant thermometers that tell the farmers how much water a plant needs based on its temperature, farmers are growing more with less water.

As for markets, Team Tink will be at the Evans Towne Farmers Market on Thursday, July 11. The hours are 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Then, on Saturday, you can catch us at the Decatur Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Well, that's all for now. Have a great week! We'll see you at the market!

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