Justin Wilhite (from Holly, Colorado)
I realize that when you’re in town and you are at home during a snowstorm and the power goes out that It can be inconvenient or frustrating. But you need to keep in mind that there are people out there working in that storm trying to make things right for everyone else. There are a lot of electrical lineman out there in dangerous conditions trying to get that power up. There are farmers out there with high dollar equipment pulling those lineman’s trucks out of ditches and snowdrifts to help get everybody power.
Also, consider that a lot of farmers at least south of Holly, all the way over to Dodge city, and down past Guyman Oklahoma have major losses this weekend.
Most of the winter wheat is laid flat on the ground under 3 to 4 feet of wet heavy snow. It’s likely that the crop will not recover. For most dryland farmers that’s their only source of income.
As for ranchers, there’s a large loss in cattle life. We’ve been trying to find all of ours this whole time. I spent two hours in an airplane this morning trying to find the rest of ours that are lost and haven’t been seen. There are 15 confirmed cows dead and I don’t know how many calves.
I think a lot of people who are not in the know with farming and ranching think that all of us out here just do not care about animals and we’re out to slaughter and torture them all the time. That’s absolutely untrue. We care about our mama cows and those calves. It’s not all just about making the money. It’s hard to sleep at night when you know there’s cows out there stuck in a snowdrift that you you cannot dig out no matter what you do. And even if you could they’re probably already paralyzed.
So keep all that in mind next time then it’s inconvenient because you can’t watch Netflix or play on your mobile device.
It’s been easier to get around today than the last three days. Here are a few pictures I’ve been able to take as we were looking around.