For almost two weeks it did not rain here on the farm. To begin with it was like heaven, but soon, it was like the other place. It is amazing how much water, plants that are two feet tall use when it is 90 degrees. For the last four days all worked feverishly, its not hard to have a fever when its 90, to keep the potatoes hydrated. They are now in bloom, perhaps the most critical time for potatoes. This is when they set their crop. Even with almost continual watering, one variety, French Fingerling, was still wilting during the day. We did manage to keep it from collapsing, thankfully.
When the rains came yesterday, what a joy. It seems to have put down an inch and one half. Where I had worked the soil, all the water stayed in the field. On hard surfaces it was running like a river. The irrigation pond actually had two thirds of the water replaced by the runoff.
I had to stop planting remaining squash and watermelon due to the dryness. If plastic is laid when it is very dry it is impossible to accomplish full hydration under the plastic once in place. Now I can finish the planting in the next couple of days. Since the soil was so loose where I need to lay it, it will take a day or so before I can get onto the ground.
As cultivation was being done last week the 90 degree temperatures certainly dispatched the weeds once they were loosened. Now that the rain has come the plants will soon completely cover the ground. The weed problem will be minimal for those areas for the remainder of the season.