Small Town Nebraska – What we did with winter storm Kayla:
This was the view out our back door when it was almost done snowing last week.
Winter storm KaylaOn our first day of having to stay at home, it seemed like it should be lunch time when it was only 9:30. We bundled up and braved the outdoors. IMG_0151 IMG_0148Elliana and I even walked to the post office, which was more like high step marching into the wind since the drifts came up past my knee. She could exert no more energy after that! IMG_0144Liza found swinging was still fun. It helped that the wind was at her back.IMG_0004IMG_0155The next day we worked to finish digging out. Brad decided the best way to get through the drift in front of his building was to bring out the sprayer – wide tires with a high clearance. sprayer in the snow

We had our driveway half way scooped, when Brad’s dad showed up. I saw one snow blower last week. People in rural Nebraska tend to go with skid steers and tractors when it comes to snow removal. I personally just like to shovel until I’m afraid my back won’t let me stand up the next day.

tractor pushing snowWe had a little more snow on Friday, but nothing new since then. When we went to church yesterday the roads were mostly clear except for a few spots where it was blowing over a little because of extreme wind. On the way home, it was a different story. A little car wouldn’t have made it through some of the drifts. In this picture you can see the clear road in the distance after where the snow had blown over the road.
blowing snowYou never would’ve known this was a dry road 4 hours ago.
snow drifted roadIt blew and bad enough that school had to start two hours late today. That was a new one for me.

Farm Education:
If you remember past discussion of the different kinds of wheat headers they use to cut wheat, here is another illustration why a lot of farmers are switching to the stripper header.

normal wheat header snow collection

much shorter stubble – much less snow

It’s probably hard to tell with the pictures, but we have verbal evidence from someone who went snowmobiling through both types of stubble that the wheat stubble left with the stripper header collected a lot more snow. More snow = more moisture!



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