At 4Pm the temperature levels off at 103 degrees. As we bump along the pasture, the brittle grass crunches beneath the tires of Logan’s Ford. We speak of the dangers accompanying this heat wave as we ride out to the herd. Drought is not an uncommon occurrence here in semi-arid West Nebraska. This year we are at less than half the normal rainfall.
As Logan wrangles a few unwilling calves from the cool waters of the stock tanks I consider our circumstances. While we are prepared for whatever nature might throw at us, insurance policies and drought planning don’t make wasted cornfields and brown prairie grass any easier to swallow.
The work and responsibility increase but most farmers and ranchers are just hoping to break even for the year. A $0 year, that is the goal.