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Taking A Knock With Crop Failure by breezin

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· @breezin ·
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Taking A Knock With Crop Failure
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Taking a retrospective view of all the highs and lows that happened on the farm this year, planting the tomatoes certainly brought a sense of hope, a feeling that held onto the sentiment that the farm was going to be alright. I watched the plants grow every day, stronger and taller, it was beautiful. All the hours of sweat and a fair share of bleeding, the financial investment involved in the infrastructure labor and plants, it looked like it was all starting to come together, and it was a delightful feeling.


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But as it goes, all good things come to an end. 
Shortly after we started harvesting, our well water ran dry, and we could not irrigate the plants anymore. The rainy season was still a while away, and we were running through our backup water at a fast rate. 

This meant that all the forming fruit after the initial harvest started ripening while the fruit was still very small. The tomatoes started developing end rot from the draught and the stress on the plants. 

The photos below were the last sellable fruit taken off the land. 


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At this point, even the brinjals were starting to go into flower. 

I tried everything we could, even carted in water in trucks as the finances allowed it. But the point came where I simply had to cut my losses.

I can not tell you how this broke my spirit, plan as we may, nature remains a cruel mistress.



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@joanstewart ·
Some areas still drought stricken even with much flooding and disaster in other places.

Sorry to hear about the crops, lack of water absolutely devastating to farmers.

For a minute before reading I thought it may have been hail damage that is sweeping through much of inland of late.

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@breezin ·
It's very sad Joan, over the past few years I have tried to rebuild so many times, but a person's plans and Gods plans are not always the same.
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@joanstewart ·
Mother nature has her way, not much has gone according to what we normally anticipate. 

Hope the community assist each other in the region, from drought to extreme wet is not helping, fruit and veg, or livestock it must be a nightmare.
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@valued-customer ·
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I am trying to ripen bags of tomatoes as we speak as frost was about to kill them before they vine ripened.  I expect an almost total loss, but it's just my garden, not my business.  My heart goes out to you.  No one works harder than farmers.

Crops may fail, but you're a peach.  You have proven through every trial you are the best humanity can offer.  I hope despite this setback you and yours remain well and hale and the  coming holidays will see you enjoy the good company of beloved friends and family.

Thanks!
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@breezin ·
So lovely to see you again. 
And still the ever-complimenting wordsmith I see :D
Thank you for the kind words, and I hope your tomatoes ripen. If they have any coloration it shouldn't be a problem, just expose them to as much light as possible 
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@valued-customer ·
My understanding is that tomatoes are a climacteric fruit and ripening is highly controlled by ethylene gas, which is why I am using paper bags to ripen the fruit.  
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