I woke up at 2 this morning to the sound of rain - the first real rain of the fall. What a wonderful noise! While not all of my farming colleagues will be happy with the timing of this first precipitation, it's perfect for us.
October 15 generally marks the end of the irrigation season - our irrigation district stops its summer water deliveries. Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate by turning on the "winter water" at the same time, but this year her timing is perfect.
We need about an inch of rain to start the grass - it's called a germinating rain. If this week's forecast is accurate - several inches of rain followed by 75 degree days - our pastures should be covered in a beautiful green fuzz within the next 7 days!