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Kansas Blizzard Of 2011

| 2/2/2011 10:35:00 AM

Tags: weather, snow, farms,

GRIT Editor Hank Will at the wheel of his 1964 IH pickup.Well, the great Kansas blizzard of 2011 appears to be over. Some folks say that the Kansas blizzard of 2011 was of a magnitude not seen for years. I'll admit that it was the first real blizzard that I've experienced in Kansas, but it wasn't the worst I've experienced in either North Dakota or South Dakota. Still, when the temperatures are in the low teens and the wind is driving the snow sideways at about 25 miles per hour, you definitely have a blizzard on your hands, and it is hard on people, machines, animals and plants. Yet, blizzards are characteristic of the plains states so the plants, animals and people that live there have sufficient adaptation to plow through in most cases.

Kansas Blizzard of 2011 Getting the tractor out  

Courtesy Karen Keb 

Down in my part of Osage County, Kansas the snow amounts were no where near as dramatic as they were further east and into Missouri. The accumulation at our relatively sheltered farmstead ranged from 4-foot drifts in the lee of the wind to an inch or less in smooth open areas. In the yard and animal pens we received a fairly uniform 10 inches of accumulation -- enough to require shoveling out of feeders and gates and plowing paths. Truth be told, I enjoy snow and the work that it takes to keep the farm going in spite of it.

Last night when I got home from work, I set to on some of my favorite chores -- the encore performance this morning was met with subzero temperatures, calm air and a gorgeous sunrise.

Kansas Blizzard of 2011 pushing snow 

2/18/2011 9:39:18 AM

Hi, I found your site while reading about Mulefoot hogs online. We're just beginning our farm in central Missouri, and want to add some Mulefoots. Where do you find your organic grains to feed them? I'd really like to avoid pesticides, until we can grow our own grains. Also, we're buying piglets - but how large do the full grown hogs get? Thanks, and great site! We'll be checking back often. Check us out -

Hank Will_2
2/9/2011 12:14:05 PM

Hey Green Bean -- We simlly adore this little dog. She is so full of joy. She cuddled up with a frozen newborn lamb I brought into the house the other day and licked its face like a mom would do. i love the way she doesn't mix it up with our other dogs and sits off to the side watching rather than being in the thick of everything. She loves to come into the chicken yard with us -- she tries to play with the birds but they peck at her and she steers clear. Really cool dog.

Green Bean _2
2/5/2011 11:34:09 AM

Loved your story and your Molly. We have a 12 year old border terrier named Marley and she is so wonderful. I know you will have years of fun with Molly.

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