We drove the 6 hour drive this past weekend to Iowa to see the new pond that was just finished on our farm and we are happy the way it turned out.
My cousin Swede who was the bulldozer operator and is 81 years old did a very good job and moved a lot of dirt around in 5 days.
He built us a small dike so we can reach the pond even during wet times where we couldn’t before. I don’t think we have to worry about it drying up now and the pond will act as a big reservoir for our livestock watering needs and will provide some nice views from the building site of all the wildlife who like to use this pond when water is in it. We didn’t make this pond a real deep pond for fish because this whole bottom ground floods at least once a year. If we were to stock fish in it, the fish would escape when it would flood. That doesn’t mean we won’t be able to fish in it. White Breast Creek which flows into Lake Red Rock is only about fifty yards away has fish and I think fish will get into it when it floods and fills up our pond. There was probably fish in our old pond, I know we saw fresh water clams in there and lot of Raccoon tracks when we walked around it when it was dry.
We would have liked for it to be much deeper, but with our budget we opted for the larger less deep pond instead of a smaller deeper one.
The plan was to see the new pond and get some more work done and to plant a tree on top of the hill before water started getting into the pond, but I became really sick and it was the flu that has been going around that others had told me about. I stayed in our motel room from 2:00pm Saturday afternoon until 8:00am Sunday Morning. I had a very high fever and almost had my wife take me to the hospital. I know my wife thinks men are pansy’s when it comes to being sick, but this was no joke. I hope none of you get this strain of flu virus.
That’s it for now, I will try to get out the next farm report next week.