Linda Poole

NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist
In last night's webinar, Dale Strickler announced the tall tale competition for our network. He said there will be prizes -- I expect he will announce winners at the third webinar in the series on Sept. 22 (you can sign up here if you haven't done that already). I wonder what the prizes might be??? 🥰

There are two categories: fiction and nonfiction. Post your entries in this thread, and include whether you're entering the fiction or non-fiction category. Go ahead and tell us: Just how bad a drought is it?

I love this idea so here's my entry in the fiction category:

It's so dry and hot here that the cows are giving dry milk, and all they have to eat are sand-wiches!

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winklermw

New member
Non-fiction

Back in 2011 the drought was so bad and the cracks in the ground were so deep that when one of my sons dropped a wrench and it fell into a crack that we could not retrieve it.... We could see it, but when I ran a tape measure down the crack to the wrench, it was over 8 feet deep.
 
Non-fiction

Back in 2011 the drought was so bad and the cracks in the ground were so deep that when one of my sons dropped a wrench and it fell into a crack that we could not retrieve it.... We could see it, but when I ran a tape measure down the crack to the wrench, it was over 8 feet deep.
Wow, that is DRY! Where was that? And more importantly, what did it take to heal up that wrench-filled trench?
 

winklermw

New member
Wow, that is DRY! Where was that? And more importantly, what did it take to heal up that wrench-filled trench?
It was just North East of Weimar Texas and we only had 13.2 inches for all of 2011 and the healing started in November and December of that year when we received 4.0 inches followed by 37.8 inches in 2012. So, from January 2011 through November 15th 2011 we had less than 10 inches of rain. We also dug out 2 stock ponds that year. So far this year , we have had 18.32 inches, but we got rain every month, unlike 2011.
 
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For the non-fiction competition:

The drought is so bad in my part of Montana that more than a few cattlemen are selling cows and buying goats and hair sheep. Some perennial grasses are droughting out, so here comes the weeds. When weeds are the main crop, it only makes sense to eat 'em rather than try to beat 'em!
 

Linda Poole

NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist
And the prizes will be -- drum roll, please:

One first prize in each of the fiction and non-fiction categories: The winner gets a free copy of your choice of one of Dale Strickler's books:

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And Dale will select the overall grand prize winner at the end of our third webinar, Thursday, Sept. 22, at approximately 8 PM central time.

GRAND PRIZE: a free, hour-long, one-on-one consultation with Dale about your ag operation!!!

It's not too late to:

  • make your entries here,
  • cast your vote for who should win by "liking" a post (you'll need to be a Soil for Water forum member -- which only takes a couple minutes to do!),
  • or register for that third webinar on Sept. 22
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE FOR A FREE, HOUR-LONG, ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATION WITH DALE ABOUT YOUR AG OPERATION!
Enter the tall tale competition today!!!
 

Darron Gaus

Moderator
The drought is so bad in west San Antonio a cat was living in the cracks beneath my driveway. He popped out one morning and I screamed like a scaredy cat. Luckily a dog chased him away, they were both walking. Until the cat turned around and decided to have a hot dog for breakfast.
 

Nina Prater NCAT

New member
The drought is so bad in west San Antonio a cat was living in the cracks beneath my driveway. He popped out one morning and I screamed like a scaredy cat. Luckily a dog chased him away, they were both walking. Until the cat turned around and decided to have a hot dog for breakfast.
Okay, but I can't tell if this is fiction or non-fiction! :LOL:
 

Linda Poole

NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist
Congratulations to our winners of the Dale Strickler Tall Tale Drought Competition!

Winklermw wins the non-fiction category with this post:
Back in 2011 the drought was so bad and the cracks in the ground were so deep that when one of my sons dropped a wrench and it fell into a crack that we could not retrieve it.... We could see it, but when I ran a tape measure down the crack to the wrench, it was over 8 feet deep.

And Paul Heberling wins the fiction (at least we hope this was fictional!) category with this post:

Responding to luz.ballesteros' post of: It's so dry and hot here the corn 🌽 is turning into pop-corn 🍿!!! Paul Heberling responded that the "Same thing happened here and then our donkey thought it was snowing and he froze to death!!!!"

For their winning entries, these tall tale tellers receive their choice of books by Dale Strickler! And the overall drought storyteller selected by Dale was winklermw -- who wins a free one-hour, personal consultation with Dale.

Congrats to the winners, and thank you to everyone who shared their drought story here. May moisture and good management bring relief for all of us dealing with drought!
 

Linda Poole

NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist
So, how do I claim my prizes ??

For the book, I would like Dale's book "Restoring Your Soil"

Thanks
Hi winklermw,

I will see Dale later today and will pick up your book. Please email me at lindap@ncat.org with your mailing address and we'll send the book your way! Congratulations again, and thanks for sharing your story!
 

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