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 Post subject: Please Pray for Rain
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:01 am 
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We are farmers in Kansas, and like many others in the southern plains, our crops are desperate for rain and relief from the extreme heat. Please pray. It would be so appreciated!

Yesterday the news was that farmers and ranchers in western Kansas have no grass, and hay is running out. Water is getting scarce, so they are forced to sell their cattle.

We have had over twenty days now of 105 plus degrees and little or no rain, on par with the great drought of 1980. Some say that this will be another Dust Bowl. In Kansas, over 25 counties have been declared federal disaster relief areas. Oklahoma and Texas are just as bad. While the northern plains have had flooding, and in Canada and the northern United States it was too wet to get part of the crops planted, we are begging for some of that water!

Our attorney friend has a farming background and owns some land he rents out. Last weekend, he and his wife took a quick trip to Dallas to return his grandchildren to their parents after a visit. He said that it was very depressing to see over 600 miles along the interstate where all the corn that should still be green is in varying stages of crisp, brown dryness. The only green was the irrigated crop. And with the extreme heat (up to 115 degrees) it is too hot for even the irrigated corn to pollinate well.

My husband and I pray daily that God will grant cooling temperatures and rain to save our crops. Rain may not help the corn but it could still save the milo, a sorghum feed for cattle that we are hoping will pay the bills. It is about a foot high, still green but very wilted.

It is very sad for farmers to watch their beautiful crops, which represent so much work and expense to plant and care for, just fading away in the drought. This week the forecast is for over 100 every day, with 109 being the forecast high this weekend. We have had temperatures up to 118 degrees.

Also, please pray for farmers in the northern states who have had too much rain, for those along the river who have lost farmsteads and may never reclaim their land. Please pray for those in the southwest, who are experiencing fires. For those in the southeastern USA that have lost homes and lives in tornadoes.

Is God trying to get our attention? I wonder. May He help America to repent of her many sins, and especially our indifference to Him.

God bless America again. And may He grant us good weather and good leaders to help us save our economy and our country as a beacon of hope and liberty around the world.

Without God's grace and provision of rain, we would all have no hope or life. This is a good reminder to turn to Him.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:43 am 
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Your post hits my farm girl heart. I love traveling to KS via my husband's semi truck. This week I went with my husband to St. Louis and the crops looked good except where there was flood damage. Then we went to SD and MN where there was a great deal of storm damage from high winds and hail and portions of crops that had had too much rain. Also, there continues to be severe flooding in Western Iowa and other areas upriver.

Visualizing the brown, dying crops you have described is very sad. I know how hard farmers work, how much they love their land and how stressful it must be to sell of their livestock.

Thank you justgrace for reminding us to pray and care about those who are experiencing this disaster on a daily basis. Please give us updates. In the meantime may many have empathy for your situation and what countless Americans are dealing with each and every day.


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I woke up with a loud clap of thunder at 3:30 AM and had to praise the Lord! While we got no rain here at our home place, a field about five miles away actually got two and a half inches. It is amazing how the milo perked up!

Thanks for your prayers for farmers. Huck's Army must have some mighty pray-ers :!: :wink:

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Our Father in heaven, I would like to add my prayers to Grace's, and all the other HA family. May we humbly ask You to please grant the blessing of rain? Our farmers need it. Many of them are part of the small God-fearing remnant that still prays in America, that still tries to honor You with their lives and their livelihood. We know that our nation does NOT deserve the blessings of heaven. We, as a country, have turned our backs on You. Our airways are literally filled with moral pollution. Our hearts are cold and indifferent to You. Our leaders mock you by passing laws which go against Your principles and precepts. And in their private lives, they show that they love neither You nor righteousness. There is much more I could say, but You already know it. But we, Your body on earth, turn our eyes to You and ask for mercy rather than judgment. Please let Your rain fall on the righteous, and on those whose hearts are fully Yours. We ask this together in the name of your dear Son Jesus, Amen.
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 Post subject: Re: Please Pray for Rain
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:38 am 
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Thank you, All-in-for-Mike. May God honor our prayers. We need repentance as a nation. May God rain His Spirit on our land.

Whenever farmers gather together, as we did for a rehearsal dinner last night, stories are shared. One of our nephews works for a farm machinery company. His folks were telling us of how in western Kansas it is a dust bowl. One "field" has become so dry that the owner has had to buy a dune buggy to go out and check the oil well pumps. The dust is a foot thick. Others around here talk of the cracks in the soil that "go to China" in depth.

Russia had their extreme drought last year. Australia a couple years ago. Now they are having bumper wheat crops. It may just be our turn, but it appears that the world's weather pattern is changing. We are concerned that this drought is moving northward into the Nebraska and Iowa corn belts, too. There is such a powerful high pressure dome. Our forecasts are for another week of temperatures in the 105-110 degree range. The corn is gone, and the insurance adjuster just visited us. PTL for crop insurance. We are hoping for the milo to make some sort of crop.

I wanted to share also the concern for those farmers who are experiencing flooding. The snow melt from Canada and the upper Midwest is still in the fields of farmers along the Missouri River.

"Les Albrecht of Jackson, Neb. has carp in his cornfield, Missouri River carp, that is," a farm newspaper reports. They have never had such flooding so they have no flood insurance. At a disaster meeting in South Sioux City in June, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, told farmers this was one of the top ten wettest years in the Upper Midwest in the 118 years records have been kept.

Many farmers in Canada have had such wet fields that they did not get their wheat or canola planted. Expect higher food prices, especially for pasta. (Eggs, beef, dairy are expected to rise by 20%, much due to higher feed costs and also to higher transportation costs.)

Former Iowa governor Vilsack told farmers: "I know these are difficult circumstances." If farmers have crop insurance, payments should come to producers in a timely fashion. [I wonder, though, with the government shut-down.] But if farmers have to rely on any type of disaster payments, it could take awhile. In earlier years, Congress would usually step up with millions of dollars in a natural disaster and say, "here's the money," said Vilsack..."[Now] it's a time of swelling rivers and shrinking budgets."

Meanwhile, Albrecht says, "I have to wonder how long this is going to last. They say two months, but is there still some of the snow melt coming down?" That would destroy even more of the crops. The farmers along the river would like to see better communication with the Army Corps of Engineers, who are making decisions that affect their livelihood. http://www.midwestproducer.com

In another article, it tells of how the flooded soil along the rivers is drastically changed by the flowing and/or standing water and the deposits of clay, sand, and soil laid by the river. My husband says there is a "scouring" of the soil that can leave ravines thirty feet deep. Such hydrological pressure is hard to imagine.

There are two main problems with flooded soil: oxygen depletion where waters stand for long periods (it could be months) and soil that has been washed away or depleted. We also know that when the levies were released, hundreds of farmers lost their homes, buildings and some livestock.

The strange weather patterns this year are taking a huge toll on U.S. citizens. A group of land-grant university specialists has formed a group called EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network) to share information in these rural counties.

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson said Congress cut the agriculture budget 10 percent last year and is looking at another 13 percent this year. That means we farmers will share in the sacrifices, he says.

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