Gary Seibert

(Sam) Gary and Nina Seibert owners of Seibert Feeding in Macksville, Kansas have been farming since Gary got out of the Navy in 1970. The operation began with crops and on the livestock side a cow herd and finishing hogs. In 1995 Seibert Feeding expanded to a starter grower feedlot and today has around 6,000 head. The Seiberts continue to farm. Their crops include corn, wheat, milo, alfalfa and soybeans. Since April 12 the Seiberts have been blessed with twelve inches of rain in their area. Lets see what Gary has to say about their abundance of rain! (Gary) So, we’ve been in this three or four year dry spell since, well ’12 was the driest probably. But the winter was dry, we only had one little snowstorm where we actually pushed a snow drift out. And then April second we had a windstorm come through, we only got ten hundredths of rain, but we had major damage there. And then on the 12th of April it started raining and since April 12th we’ve had 12 inches of rain. We normally plant about five circles of corn and we no till, strip till, and thanks to that we’ve been able to get it in somewhat timely. But we just finished planting our last field last night at 11 o’clock, just before the rain hit, or as the rain was hitting. So, it’s been a wet, wet spring. We went from dry, dry, dry to wet, wet. We started our starter/grower yard there in ’95 and over the years it’s grown. We seem like we always have a week or two where it turns off wet and cold in the fall and health’s an issue, but springs are usually not that way. But since April the 12th we’ve had rain about three or four times a week. And so the pens get sloppy and we’ve had quite a few calves come in so, the sloppy pens, they’re not deep but they, the health has been more difficult, to keep the calves healthy and get them lying down. We’ve been real blessed to get this moisture. My Dad always said he could make more money farming around mud holes than he could farming through them. With the 12 inches of rain while we haven’t been running irrigation systems which gives us the chance for our recharge. This area we have quite a bit of irrigation and we’re about at 95 percent recharge right here in this south of Great Bend, in this area we’re fortunate compared to the people out west. But this rain it’s, not only are we not pumping water but we’re, the creeks are running, the rivers are running so our soil water is building up and our groundwater is coming back up again too. So, we’re thankful for the rain.

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