Today was a tomato-picking day. I filled three, 16 quart stock-pots with loose tomatoes. I expect that to cook down to about 20 quarts of stewed tomatoes. That should get us very close to our target of fifty quarts of tomatoes going into the winter.
I picked today because we expect rain on Sunday and the ripe tomatoes will split. Osmosis pulls water through the skin and the sweetest tomatoes are the most impacted.
It has been a dry summer
The MSU Integrated Pest Management page has a section on irrigation. One of the critical measurements is rainfall received versus "Evaporation Potential" over the same timeframe.
Looking at the difference between those two numbers from May 1, 2022 until the present, a few nearby weather stations claim the following:
Albion (20 miles south of Eaton Rapids): 22.7" of evaporation vs. 18.5" of rain. The remainder must be pulled out of the subsoil by the plant roots but a 4" difference is not a big deal.
Charlotte (10 miles west of Eaton Rapids): 22.9" of evaporation vs. 13.6" of rain. That is a difference of 9.3 inches and that is a big deal.
Clarksville (20 miles north of Eaton Rapids and 30 miles west): 24.6" of evaporation and 8.2" of rain during the growing season. That is a deficit of 16.4" and farmers without irrigation are facing a disaster.
At my little patch of heaven I am getting a great deal of fruit drop from trees that should be ripening their fruit three weeks from now.
I expect another four weeks of growing season before we have a killing frost.
Mrs ERJ and I went for a walk today and miscellaneous
We averaged 2.5mph.
Small game season opens September 15. I might have squirrel and sweet potatoes for dinner that day.