We are in dire shape. To date Bridgewater Farming has only registered about 2 tenths of an inch of rain in May, and 2 to 3 tenths of an inch of rain in June. We had a decent first cutting in late April, a barely existent cutting in early June, and 3rd cutting in early July isn’t looking too stellar either. And now we are beginning to worry about corn silage. If Bridgewater doesn’t get any rain in the next few weeks there is no way we are going to be able to produce enough corn silage for the cows for the next 12 months.
Oakshade on the other hand received some nice rains last week and the corn there is standing pretty tall, but it is stressed also. If the Oakshade area doesn’t get any rain in the next few weeks there is going to be a real question as to whether or not there are going to be any ears on those stalks.
NEI Dairy (aka Bridgewater-Indiana) is also in a drought situation much like Bridgewater. Things are so bad, that we are honestly considering holding off the startup of this facility another year, and using the corn silage stored there for Bridgewater’s use.
I know there is a lot that can change in the next few weeks, but Fort Wayne’s records are already showing less rain in the first 6 months of this year as compared to the drought of 1988. See: “Current Drought could be one of the worst ever”