Praying for rain in the Arkansas drought
July 18th, 2012
03:45 PM ET
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Ryan Goodman is a generational rancher from Arkansas with a degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University in Animal Science, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Tennessee, studying beef cattle management. He is one of many farmers using social media to bridge the gap between farmers and urban customers. Follow his story daily at AgricultureProud.com or on Twitter and Facebook.

This year’s drought has been rough across much of the country. All year, my dad has been telling me of the dry conditions in Arkansas, how the first hay crop didn’t make, and now how many farmers are selling their cattle herds because there is no hay or grass to feed the livestock.

The recent heat wave only intensified the situation, drying up ponds, pastures, and leaving many trees to start shedding leaves early. I haven’t had the opportunity for a trip home, but I can only imagine how rough it is.

Fires have been breaking out across Arkansas, keeping many on edge and fire fighters busy containing the flames. Over the past week, some spotty showers have popped up daily, but it isn’t enough to ease the situation.

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The July 10 drought monitor update shows that the area of extreme drought doubled in one week to 71 percent of the state and exceptional drought is creeping in, jumping to 3.25 percent in one week. Now over 80 percent of the lower 48 states are affected by abnormally dry or drought conditions.

Like many others across the state, my family’s cattle auction in Searcy, Arkansas is seeing head counts well above norms runs for summer months. My father and I shared this story recently on DTN The Progressive Farmer. Our auction would normally run 400-500 head weekly during the summer months, but the past two auctions have been 1,400 and 1,100 head of cattle. Here’s the most recent market report. Local news stations and nationally NBC News have reported on the drought conditions in Arkansas.

But what does the Arkansas drought really look like from the pasture? My parents sent me a few photos over the weekend. The best I can describe the pastures I grew up on is by comparing them to the arid regions on the Western States.

cows in field
My dad has been feeding cattle hay for some time now. Nothing else for them to eat.

pond
Many ponds are getting dangerously low. This could cause concern for debris and unclean water for livestock.

drought trees
Many trees have started shedding leaves. Some like these are bare.

The spotty showers are nice if one pops up over your place, but what folks really need in drought stricken areas is a few weeks of slow, steady rain, followed by a return to normal patterns. Unfortunately, that’s not what the forecast predicts. Until then, just pray for rain.

Follow updates for the drought across the country on Social Media through the Twitter hashtags #drought, #drought12, and see how it’s affecting farmers and ranchers on the #agchat and #ranchlife hashtags.

Previously - Catch up with Ryan's previous columns and What every farmer wants to hear – 'Go USA'



soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. c s

    Everyone will be affected by this drought, some a little bit and some greatly. Probably the only way it will end is when a big hurricane develops in the Gulf and hits Texas. The people of Texas will suffer from the rain and wind and water surge but their farmers will be helped. I imagine that all of the people praying for rain do not realize that some others will pay a high price and might die for it to end the drought.

    When I lived in Florida, I used to see the Everglades drying up and my Dad said only a hurricane can fill it up again. He was right of course but it meant some people would suffer greatly and maybe die. Such is way of nature.

    July 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  2. Piranha

    Invest on a big hole in the ground to catch the rain when they come or hire a rain dancer quick. Prayers and seeding the clouds would also help. Of course there's $$$$$ involved, but you can just sit there, do nothing and fry.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  3. Data1000

    You'd think someone else would have already prayed for an end to the drought before so many crops were lost.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  4. Barry G.

    The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

    Revelation 8:7

    July 20, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  5. chefdugan

    Christians are self-delusional fools. Its them that should stop breeding and maybe think about getting their noses out of other peoples bedrooms. Prayer is a total waste of time but if you are stupid enough to think it does any good go for it. The drought is caused by nature and nature will decide when to end it, not some guy in the sky.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • Observer

      Wow...Hate much?

      July 20, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Greg

      Agreed.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  6. Ar. farm gal

    I don't know if any of you yahoos live in Arkansas that are busting these peoples chops for praying for rain , but until you see your hard work dry up and everything work blow away with the dust you wont get it . its no different ..Sitting by the bed of a sick child or some one you love.. you pray.. beg.. barter with anyone you think might listen to you, this isn't about god or religion this about people scared to death about loosing everything they have.. AS FOR BLA BLA statement this drought will affect you the cost of food will go up.. i really cant believe the comments here,, focusing on religion and BS personal hate of who is right and who is wrong in what they believe... I'm smack dab right in the middle of it I .. I'm scared
    hell I will go out and do a rain dance if I thought it would help.. we can fight over global warming all day the FACT is there is way too many people on this planet that TAKE AND NOT GIVE BACK... and there a EFFECTS that are showing from it now.. I am not from Arkansas but I love this state its beauty is breath taking.. and you Yahoos out there that don't seem to have 2 brain cells to rub together.. your comments and YOUR BACK WOODS THINKING,, clearly so that STUPID PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BREED..and for the CHRISTIAN FOLK OF ARKANSAS STAY STRONG AND KEEP PRAYING!

    July 20, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • chefdugan

      You've got it all wrong, its christians that should not breed and the sooner they start the better. Maybe then they will get their noses out of other peoples bedrooms. As for praying for rain – anyone who thinks prayer will make it shower has an IQ equal to their hat size. Stupid, ignorant people who cannot think for themselves.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:15 am |
      • Tony

        Has anyone ever told you that you need professional help?

        July 20, 2012 at 11:16 am |
      • Arkmark

        still missing the point– No rain means no Cattle/crops=no dairey or beef or produce= supply and demand indictats the price goes up– substitute any word you want for "pray" like "hope" or "wish" and the like and that is the point of the story. farmers will lose their livelyhood and prices will hurt all american consumers

        July 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • TheTruth

        "And the fool says in his heart, "There is no God".

        July 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
        • UncleBenny

          Wise fool.

          February 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  7. Vad

    As I was reading the comment section I have to admit I forgot the article was about suffering farmers. May rain quench the suffering of both your fields and families.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  8. Stuck in the Middle

    Anyone who actually believe god brings the rain must logically accept that god brought the drought. I guess killing crops and livestock and destroying good christian families is all part of god's plan?
    I'm saddened that I won't live to see the day when humankind abandon these myths but I'm certain it's coming.

    July 20, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Data1000

      I think that there will always be a segment of the population who believe in various gods and demons. Long lasting religions are quite resiliant by being able to adapt to cultural changes.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  9. MattBMO

    Should probably send a letter to Santa Claus too, just in case. Maybe the Easter Bunny?

    July 20, 2012 at 3:28 am |
  10. Bran93

    If an article so much as mentions a cross, atheists will be drawn to it like flies to honey. Is that what you all do all day? Scan articles for a reference to religion so you can make some witty comment and than sit back with a smug look on your face?

    The guy is just doing things his way. It's a free country.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:05 am |
    • Stuck in the Middle

      Go check out an article about atheists some time, you'll find it packed with comments by christians condemning them. Suck it up buttercup.

      July 20, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  11. Anza Bill

    I'm not a praying person so if you don't mind I will fervently hope for rain. Most of us need it. If I did pray, however, It would be that all of you LEARN ENGLISH! A larger group of ignorant, illiterate bozos must exist somewhere, but where I cannot say.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Todd in DC

      Go to a typical evangelical church You'll find plenty there

      July 22, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  12. Karl Wilder

    In ancient Rome they prayed to Jupiter during their drought. The only thing that changes is the gods man creates.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Mandor

      In Rome they prayed to one of their gods, not sure if it was Jupiter or not... but they ALSO built some pretty spiffy aqueducts given what they had to work with at the time.

      July 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  13. Larry

    So your imaginary friend in the sky creates a drought, and hits virtually all of the farming red states. Hey, maybe he is real. Nah.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • goodasyours

      you will find out about your maker - the GOD OF THE UNIVERSE - i pray its before you die

      July 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
      • Rod

        We don't need your (silly) prayers.

        July 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Truth™@Larry

      "The fool says in his heart, there is no God" – Psalm 14: 1-3

      July 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
      • Aaron

        The fool quotes from a book the first person just said they don't believe in. That's like buying a bottle of magic elixir, then when your friend says you've been tricked, you read off the back of the bottle "guaranteed to work", as if that proves something. Your book is nonsense, quoting nonsense does not convince anyone. First grade stuff, people. Imagine if you were denying the existence of any other god in any other religion and they quoted a passage from their scripture as a retort. Would that be convincing?

        July 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
      • Ed

        The real fool, rather than thinking for himself, adopts the "wisdom" of unknown authors who lived thousands of years ago in an unenlightened time when Gods were necessary to explain things like earthquakes, floods, and comets.

        July 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • hsmom

      That's what Satan wants you to think. I have been praying for rain as well, although I'm not a farmer and I'm sure their livelyhood is a stake, but I trust God still. He will see it through. :) Blessings.

      July 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
      • hsmom

        My reply was for Larry. :)

        July 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  14. Child

    Not sure how much prayer helps, but for Colorado Springs this summer we had a massive forest fire that burned for 2 weeks until 3 days of steady rains suddenly appeared and quenched it. This was quite unusual as a high pressure system was holding us hostage to hot & dry. Prayer may have been a factor....

    July 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Josh

      Or Global Warming. It's a concept that a lot of people partial to praying don't "believe in". I know, the irony!

      July 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Josh

      That said, glad you folks caught a break...

      July 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  15. Bob

    Just have to love the farmers in those areas who "always" vote Republican and yet it is the Republicans who say global warming is not real despite 98 percent of the worlds "educated" scientists saying it is. Never mind the thousands of deaths annual in the U.S. from breathing problems caused by gasoline engines and coal, never mind the fact that we can no longer see our mountains because of the "car" smog (our children have never seen them clearly). Well keep right on voting for the Republicans but quite complaining about the weather you get what you sew.........pund intended.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Arkmark

      truth is , bob our climate has been wamer the wamest was in the 1930, fewer cars on the road still a good deal of industralization but not on the scale seen today, The 70 was the year that spawned the EPA due to unregulated pollution( nixon a repub gave us this one for better or worse) as a result air and water pollution has deminished in our more urban areas. yes there is some degedation of the views in some areas due to pollution but overall the american polution has been greatly reduced compaired to our industrial/ energy production output. is global warming happening sure is it significant maybe is it man made proboble not.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • goodasyours

      educated - i am glad - now if they will just acknowledge GOD - that is the beginning of knowledge

      July 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
      • Aaron

        Oh yeah, travel the Earth and the most educated people are the ones who throw their hands in the air and say "god did it"! Grow up and lose the imaginary friend. It's a shame you've had the benefit of rational thought in your life from others. You've grabbed on to 21st century technology and benefits without having to shed your 1st century delusions. I hope you thank a really educated person some day for toting you along with them. You should be sitting in a desert, praying for water and food instead of enjoying the marvels of civilized thought and rationality.

        July 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
        • Snorlax@aaron

          Wow! Such "tolerance"...you are a fine representative of the far left party of hate. Such respect for others! I'm impressed!

          July 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
        • Rod

          Amen (snicker).

          July 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
      • chefdugan

        The beginning of knowledge is when you start thinking for yourself, something christians are incapable of. But keep spouting your stupidty, it hasn't worked in thousands of years and it won't in the future.

        July 20, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  16. Freddo

    Gee ... God must be punishing the Bible-Bangers for their narrow-minded views.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  17. Believer

    Nothing like the mention of prayer to gt the athiests' collective panties in a twist. Christophbia is an ugly thing. Why do you all tend to fear that which you don't understand? More "tolerance" from the far left party of hate, as usual.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Micky Dolenz

      I'm a Believer

      July 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • K-switch

      Excellent job streotyping, obviously 100% of athiests all behave exactly the same. Keep up the good work.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Josh

      I'm guessing you have the same "tolerance" for Scientology. Oh, wait you think it's crazy to think aliens from another planet created our world etc. etc... exactly. It's all ridiculous. Now, I would be fine letting believe what they want (similar to me not telling little kids Santa is a story) if the majority of "believers" didn't influence laws and policy. Once Bible thumpers leave Gays, minorities, women Jews etc, etc, alone, that will be the day I'll be "tolerant" of their immature, and laughable magical beliefs.

      July 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  18. Arkmark

    The point most of you are missing is that Arkansas is not the only one facing mass cattle sell offs and that rain would help slow thase sell offs. the reason we should all hope(pray) for rain is that after this glut of beef being put on the market come the drought due to none being produced leading to higher food prices late on criticsize the use of words of his invocation of a higher power the bottom line is without relief we will all suffer.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  19. Mandor

    I've always found petiionary prayer to be mildly offensive on some level. If you believe... really believe... that a God exists, and that not a sparrow falls without him noticing, then this drought is part of his plan. So content yourselves and be at peace with that. Anything else would feel like you're asking for "special treatment" and an exemption from God's plan which... just... doesn't seem to square with the ideal of "thy will be done."

    OTOH, I'm an athiest and I find the entire concept of God to be mildly silly as well, so what do i know?

    July 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • RHONDA

      You are an Idiot... it's called having Faith!

      July 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • Dr. Phil

        Geez Rhonda. He didn't say YOU couldn't have faith. Take 2 Midol and call me in the morning.

        July 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
      • Drinky Crow

        Ah, yes, there's that christian love!

        July 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
      • Aaron

        Faith? No. They bring up a major logical flaw in religion. It is either god has a plan, or prayer changes things. Which is it? If you pray and something happens, and you believe it was your prayer that did it, it stands to reason that it would not have happened if you had not prayed. This implies that the events of the future were not written and god did not have a plan. If the plan was that you were going to pray for the action, and gods plan must go as planned, then your free will has been stolen since you had to pray and could not choose to not pray. If you really think about it you would see the problems in your theology. Most people are to afraid to think about it. That is why hell was made up in the early days, to prevent people from thinking about the contradictions because they were scared. Thought crimes are punished in religion. It really is a brilliant system, used the world over by tyrants.

        July 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
        • Mandor

          To be faiir, it's also possible that god exists and has multiple plans, and switches back and forth among his preplanned options based on who prays for what. Note I do not say that I believe this or that it's likely. Just that it's one more technically possible way of interpreting it.

          I just figure, if you honestly believe in god, and that he's all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-good, then why would you want to make petionary prayer and ask him to switch gears based on what YOU think would be best... if you really think he's there, then let the man upstairs control it.

          But I admit, most of the petitionary prayer that REALLY annoys me is when people pray for thier football team to win. What? You think he would really care? Even if he does, you think people on the other side aren't praying for their team too? You think god is using an Applause-O-Meter and will give the win to whichever side's supporters pray the most fervently?

          July 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  20. Eric

    In an effort to save all of our CNN readers some time, I have prepared a summary of all of the intelligent comments in this thread:

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    July 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Josh

      You forget the middle: "Jebus, Jebus, Jebus!!!"

      July 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  21. clubschadenfreude

    I grew up on a farm and it hurts to see people suffering like this. However.....it's rather bemusing that the disasters that many Christians call down on those who disagree with them, are the ones hitting the ostensibly most conservative and Christian states. Why do we not hear Pat Robertson and his ilk claiming that Christians in Arkansas are offending this god in some way to merit such unhappiness and disaster in their lives. Right here in Pennsylvania, we have Dover where the evangelical Christians were defeated when trying to force creationism on others, and the Christian pundits predicted dire consequences. Well, we have enough rain fellows, so what's the problem, your god can't aim very well?

    July 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  22. Richard

    They have not received enough love to accept they are worthy and capable of being responsible for themselves. We all have addictions we use as crutches to carry us through the difficult times when we cannot walk alone without believing in someone rescuing us. Every addiction is the same: a false promise of love that proves flawed when we're ready. We will grow and mature and one day be responsible enough to accept we can have peace on earth on our own sweat, pain and tears; and no one will allow a lie to try to take away the pain we endured and suffered.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  23. Rob

    Arkansas, I say tough $hit! You don't believe in global warming/climate change, so it must be God doing this. So pray harder! And stop asking the bogeyman (federal government) for help. You red states make me sick how much you feed at the government's teet, all the while complaining about taxes you don't pay (you actually have to have an income to pay taxes). I hope it never rains again – maybe then you'll turn off Fox News. But again, just pray, God will make it all right. LOL!!!!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • Arkansan

      I hope your state gets hit with Drought or plague or something equally as nasty.. and then we ARKANSANS can say to you TOUGH S**T... Jackass

      July 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Arkmark

      The point most of you are missing is that Arkansas is not the only one facing mass cattle sell offs and that rain would help slow thase sell offs. the reason we should all hope(pray) for rain is that after this glut of beef being put on the market come the drought due to none being produced leading to higher food prices late on criticsize the use of words of his invocation of a higher power the bottom line is without relief we will all suffer.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
      • Dumb Old Useless Guy

        I'm sorry, what?

        July 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
        • Arkmark

          if , due to the drought, no one is producing cattle, there wil not beany calle for beef or dairy so prices will go up. simple enough for you. the people on this blog are complaiing about the authors use of prayer to get the rain going and completely missed the implecations of the article

          July 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
        • Dumb Old Useless Guy

          Huh?

          July 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
        • Arkmark

          Well i guess you nailed you personality when you made up you blog name sorry I cnat help you on that

          July 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
        • Dumb Old Useless Guy

          So, to make your points, you can't manage to spell or construct a sentence that's worth a cr@p. Yet to attempt to belittle someone, you take the time and come across as an English major. Great job keeping your priorities straight.

          July 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
        • Arkmark

          I am sorry my typing skills are too distracting for you to understand my point. I'll just leave it at that for you Doug.

          July 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Arkmark

      the point the author is making that unless some rain relieves the drought we can all expect beef prices to rise after this sort term glut of dumped cattle is exhausted.. and it is not just beef it is also dairey. so if you want to criticized the authors invocation of a hight power and not the depth of the report you have missed the whole point

      July 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  24. CatsEyeAngie

    What makes Arkansas so special that they deserve an article about their rain problems. Don't get me wrong, I'm originally from Arkansas, however they are not the only ones praying for rain. In fact I'm sitting here in Wisconsin the first T-storm in several months and I haven't been praying for rain, I've been praying for snow.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  25. Funny

    The same idiots that typically deny global warming now trying to fix it... with prayer! Only in US!

    July 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Truth

      This isn't a global warming! It is a phase to punish this country, America. for their sins.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
      • Jerv

        You can't possibly be Truth.

        July 19, 2012 at 7:40 am |
      • sybaris

        So when your god whips out a tornado, hurricane, drought or blizzard in an uninhabited area what?

        It missed?

        It was just practicing?

        belief in gods is a disgusting perverted disease of the mind

        July 19, 2012 at 9:56 am |
      • Drinky Crow

        Always good to hear from the Westboro Baptist Church. LOL!!

        July 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  26. Ricky

    Usa has the best phone and internet network. Should she also has the best drainage network ? Please calculate the money spend and food gain. It is a good economic surplus, a positive equation. As a citizen, I really need to work hard.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Sorry

      US not longer has the best Internet network, even troubled Spain has faster fiber Internet to the home now. Phones? You really have no idea what are you talking. Phone, as power grids here, suck big time. The wireless, they cannot even cover suburbs 10 miles away from NYC properly. Roads have potholes all over. There is not modern trains, no even talk about the Subway in NYC. Can you imagine where your request is in the priority list?
      Sorry but if you want cuts/cuts/cuts and no taxes, this is what you get. Nothing and a country headed to third world status.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  27. The Dude

    God Hates White Trash

    July 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Drinky Crow

      If you listen to the christians around here, god hates a lot of things and a lot of people.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  28. montyross

    the governor needs to call Rick Perry and have him lead a prayer for rain like he did last summer, we are over our rainfall total for the year in JUly at least here in houston area...

    July 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • cybercmdr

      It only took a year for those prayers to work. MUST be God answering those prayers! Hallelujah! LOL.....

      July 19, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  29. Gilligan

    Just pray away the dry!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  30. REMcray

    Doesn't it make you rethink what God can and can't do?

    July 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • montyross

      or what he allows and does not allow?

      July 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
      • Truth

        America is being punished!!! You fools!

        July 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
        • sybaris

          So when your god whips out a tornado, hurricane, drought or blizzard in an uninhabited area what?

          It missed?

          It was just practicing?

          belief in gods is a disgusting perverted disease of the mind

          July 19, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Truth

      All Muslims believe that Allah(God) Most Powerful and amongst 98 other attributes. In the Qu'ran, God tells the believers to have faith in Him in times of adversity caused by the enemies of Islam. This country and other powerful countries, but most definitely this country have caused problems to the Islamic nations in terms of WAR, Economic Sanctions, and so on. Allah tells the believers to have faith in Him and that if hardship touches them by non-Muslims, be sure that a similar hardship is touching them. Ever since the war begun, the American enconomy has been on downward spiral. And all this talk of Sanctions to "Cripple" the Iranian enconomy is "crippling" the American economy as well through drought and outsourcing. Yes, GOD CONTROLS everything. Whether Ahmeddinejad is right or not, There are millions of very faithful Real Muslims in Iran. They will not suffer alone. This country will suffer along with them , but at the end Islamic Nations will be Victorious!!! Believe That!!

      July 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
      • cybercmdr

        Have you noticed that whenever somebody puts an attribute (like Truth) as part of their name, you can be sure you will see the opposite?

        July 19, 2012 at 11:08 am |
        • @cybercmdr

          That is a troll. The real Truth does not post that cr ap.

          July 19, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  31. msadr

    I'm a firm believer in God. i believe that (s)he created nature to work a certain way. I believe it works that way for a reason, and, we must work within the rules. Should God suspend the laws of nature for us? Why? Those laws were made for a reason. Don't ask God to change the rules for you and disrupt the balance everywhere. That's arrogant and selfish. God gave you a brain to understand how weather patterns work. Plan ahead and quit complaining. And consider the possibility that there are too many of us in North America depending on too little farm land to begin with. That's OUR fault. Not God's.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • John

      If you were a "firm" of God as you claim to be, you would know that regardless of what we do, God has mercy over his creation. If God lets us live the consequences of our acts non of us would be here in the first place. His mercy, his love is enough to respond to out prayer, if that is His will.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
      • weber

        Praying is a waste of time. You are just talking to yourself. Caveman.

        July 20, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  32. PulTab

    I certainly hope they get the rain they need but prayer isn't the answer. It was tried in Texas and it didn't work. We might want to think about lowering the levels of air pollution though.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • Truth

      Prayer and Repentance works! Your beliefs, and your religion doesn't work if is not Islam.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  33. nuketim

    Yup. That was TEXAS last year.

    Cracked driveway; didn't have to mow but once a month.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  34. Katrina

    We are experiencing the "quickening" or the "birth pangs". These disasters will get closer together in frequency and in Epic proportion. It has nothing to do with man-made climate change, or the Mayan calender, but rather the world being shaken to the core as a warning of Christ's return. To those who don't believe; scoff, laugh, make fun and ridicule those who believe, you will be taken by surprise, but to those who are aware, know- all of this must take place. In this country, we take things for granted, fuel, water, food on grocery store shelves, etc., but if we faced one major catastrophe, our world would be turned upside down overnight. One glitch is all it would take to change everything.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • SlowMoneyFarm

      Much is taken for granted for sure.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
      • B-RAD

        At what point does natural disaster become END OF DAYS REPENT FOR YOUR SINS? Please stop attributing every single disaster to your religious idealogy.

        July 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
        • Truth

          a lot of pastors, ministers,etc. tell their congregation that America is not prophetcized in the Bible, but in fact America is prophetcized. Just watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=B6GcU6I6yZs

          (copy and paste)

          July 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
        • SlowMoneyFarm

          Where did I say anything about religious? I simply said much is taken for granted. Which is true. Very few people have stored up water, food and what they will need in case of grid failure. That is just fact. Many do not have the fuel in their vehicles *right now* to get 200 miles out of where they are...why? Because most take for granted the gas stations will be open tomorrow. Most have credit card debt because of things they think they need or because of taking for granted nothing will interrupt the income.

          Others just attack anyone they think disagrees with them. Most people in the wake of a disaster admit they take things for granted. It was said after 9/11. It was said after many storms. Yet you want to criticize me for a simple comment. I hope you feel better. :-)

          July 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • UncleM

      Barking mad

      July 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • riverrunnermania

      Katrina you could not be more wrong. The man you call christ has been dead for over 2000 years. I will bet you any amount of money he will never return. Dead people don't return. Never have never will. Please stop perpetuating the great lie. We must solve our own problems because no one else will, especially a dead man and his non-existent father.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
      • Rob

        riverrunnermania, you are wrong. Dead people do return. Just ask George Romero. He's a documentary film maker, and I've seen all of his films. Those poor people!

        July 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
      • Truth

        I'm a Muslim and Muslims believe in the return of Jesus and (of course we believe that Jesus didn't die in the first place, but was raised to the Heavens because the disbelievers wanted to crucify him) Crucifixation is a punishment for criminals in Jewish law. Jesus was not a criminal. This and many other differences exist between Islam and Christianity. And we, Muslims see Jesus as a prophet, servant,or a messenger of The One God. He never claimed divinity, but Christians overlook that not realizing that they are making their bed in hell.

        July 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
      • Katrina

        "The fool has said in his heart there is no God" (Psa 14 & 53).

        July 19, 2012 at 2:30 am |
  35. ___-___

    Prayer is nothing but a placebo. How could people honestly think they are telepathically communicating with some invisible sky zombie?

    July 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Mac

      Dust Bowl – Bible Belt. Didn't work then, won't work now. Maybe some of the folks here need to be reminded that the Sahara was once an ocean, opps nah that's science.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Truth

      YOU NEED HELP!

      July 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  36. wyobob

    I know some indians that will do a rain dance for you.
    Why is your God doing this to you? Will you praise Him when it rains?

    July 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  37. Dale N.M.

    The United States food supplies is in big trouble, because of this drought.

    Wall Street commodity speculators continues to export American cattle, hogs and poultry, corn and alfalfa produce, to Asia because their currency is stronger.

    “”Food crops are being manipulated”” less acreage being planted to increase price, Wall Street manipulation.

    Feed corn being made into ethanol Congress subsidies going into fat cat pockets.

    Wall Street and Washington D.C. FAT CATS they do not even know what inside of a grocery store looks like, but they do know what their high dollar restaurants look like. $$$

    Wall Street and Washington DC they are clueless and completely disconnected from the real world; they just listen to clueless economy analysts and these “”analysts are clueless about grocery store FOOD inflation”” all their information comes from a computer.

    Meanwhile FOOD inflation continues to go up and up here in the United States, because of Wall Street commodity speculators, doing the very same thing they do in the oil markets manipulate prices.

    America do something about this corrupt Wall Street.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Truth

      America as you used to or now know it is coming to an end. It is Allah avenging for the Muslims.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  38. jim86

    Why pray for rain, that's so inefficient! Everyone knows 1000 prayers = 100 sacrificed cattle =10 sacrificed humans =1 sacrificed virgin.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  39. GSK@gmail.com

    AMERICA!!! You are praying to the wrong god! Start praying to the one and only FSM and he will give you rain!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Slomodave

      Good one! I wonder if anyone else will get your pasta humor?

      July 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
      • Mad Cow

        Ramen!

        July 19, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • robc

      I doubt the flying spaghetti monster can help... :P

      However, I do think the drought is serious business and we should all be worried. Failed crops equal less food. Less food equals higher prices due to greater demand, higher food prices equals higher gasoline prices, higher gasoline prices equals less money in our pockets to pay for the higher food prices. And the cycle gets worse and worse and worse... We are all in trouble, not just one state or one group of people.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
      • Proverb

        It's good to be worried. Worry is the mother of infection.

        July 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  40. gmoney

    You would think that if we can afford all this money on wars and helping out other countries with food and aid are government would see that this drought is causing alot of problems here. Why cant are government drill some water wells for these farmers that are in need of water to feed their cattle and crops. Dont make since to me! Tell me this is not possible. Even if it only helped by 30 % it would be trying to do something instead of spending a bunch of money on a war! Lets all pray Lets pray for a government to stand up and do something for us in need!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • jim86

      Lets pray they put money into education...

      July 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Truth

      Allah (God) is in charge. Not You. America and other countries pledge 16 billion to Afghanistan to help them. We muslims see it as God looking out for our brothers and sisters in Islam.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
      • Todd in DC

        Guess Allah must have been on vacation during that little tsunami that flooded a whole lot of muslim countries.

        AMerica sat back, and ignored it for the most part.

        July 22, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  41. Blue Heron Farm, TX

    Having been in persistent D4 conditions last year, followed by wildfires, this is a pain I know all too well. The droughts in Texas have subsided in some parts (thankfully, mine) and intensified in others. The best advice I can give is buy as much hay as you can find and afford now. It quickly becomes too late. Also look at the depth of your well and get in the queue if you think you need to go deeper.

    Unfortunately this IS the new normal. We have damaged our planet so badly that we can no longer count on things like "average temperature" or "average rainfall". Care for your soil (and I mean the general your, not yours, specifically) will become a necessity, not just the thing we fringe, sustainable farmers do. Our neighbors, who all lost pretty much all of their topsoil last year, are slowly beginning to understand what we hippies have been doing on our land and why. Building resiliency. I know that doesn't help anyone in the short term, but it is time tor more farmers to look at the big picture.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Emily123

      I understand something of what people are going through. My father-in-law farms in Minnesota. Right now, things are okay, but he's been going the cycles of intense heat, corn starts to curl, then some rain.
      Yet just a couple of years ago he was laughing at the idea of climate change. When he heard the prediction that it was going to go up by just a couple of degrees, he said, "What difference does that make?" I tried to point out that there's only a few degrees' difference between snow that will help replenish his underground water and rain that will run off into his creek.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Truth

      mankind's disbelif destroys the earth. this talk of buying hay, how long will it be before you run out? Don't think you can control your destiny, because you can't!

      July 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  42. the farmer

    I m a farmer I see this all the time climate change and cost going up I would lik e to know what is going to happen in 10 yars more
    maybe is the the end of the world lik e th mayan say 21 decmber 2012

    the only think y know god make me a farme I will work the land drought or not is god will

    July 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • PushingBack

      If you believe in God, perhaps he wants us to solve our own problems and take care of what was provided. Maybe the final test is for us to figure that out.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Truth

      It is a time of change. The world isn't ending anytime soon, but with the dramatic that is taking place right now and later, it will seem that the world has ended for lots of people, because it won't be as how they were used to remember. This is God's Wrath in place. Avenging for the Muslims.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  43. Doodad

    I think it's time for our U.S. Government to turn off their HAARP system or aim it toward the enemy, like our military designed it to be use against !!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • B-RAD

      It's time for you to stop buying into tin foil hat nonsense.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
      • Doodad

        Well, it's very obvious that you know nothing about what the HAARP system is, nor what it is capable of doing.
        Do your research before spouting off about something you're oblivious to ! !

        July 19, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  44. glorydays

    When a society believes in a tooth fairy but denies science, they deserve the quarter under their pillow.....It will help pay for the increased cost of food their ignorance and greed have caused.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  45. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Who gives a rat's sh*t what happens in Arkansas or any of the other racist white supremacist confederate states? Learn to respect all races and all demominations and all the people God created and then perhaps we can all get along. In the mean time, I pray that a tornato, hurricane or twister wipe you stinking worthless racist scumbags off the face of the mf world.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Arkansan

      Im not a racist... I think you are an IDIOT regardless of your race, gender, gay or straight!! You are an angry person and not all people from Arkansas are White Trash.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • Todd in DC

        This is true. Bill Clinton came from Arkansas.

        That being said, red states do tend to be poorer and less intelligent than blue states.

        July 22, 2012 at 1:36 am |
  46. ricciap

    On July 10, 2012, hundreds of scientists from 48 countries released their annual State of the Climate report, which, for the first time in its history, shows that 2011 weather extremes are connected to MAN-MADE global warming. The scientists state that all greenhouse gases are on the rise, at the largest and highest levels they’ve seen since they’ve been keeping records. They state that they are NOT able to detect natural rises in greenhouse gases, that evidence shows that the rises are due to MAN-MADE increases in carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. And they state that global warming is accelerating.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  47. MP

    dont pray for rain republicans, pray for forgiveness to mother nature and those affected because of your denial of science.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  48. sady

    I blame Obama for this too!

    July 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • bob

      I blame lack of intelligence that this lame old joke is still being posted. its like a little kid saying fart 100 times and still laughing

      July 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • Todd in DC

        heh heh. You said "fart".

        July 22, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  49. PraiseTheLard

    I hope they pray harder than Governor Perry did...

    July 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Larian LeQuella

      Sort of like this? http://larianlequella.blogspot.com/2011/10/coincidence.html

      July 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  50. PushingBack

    Sure, believing in global climate change is ridiculous but believing in help from a fictional character is totally ok.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • bob

      IKR, the masses are total morons

      July 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • there is nothing fiction about believing in God , there will be rain in 3 days or before mark my words. Only then you will know that there is a God

      There is nothing fiction about believing in God, there will be rain in 3 Days or less mark my words. Prophet "G"

      July 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
      • TK

        And if it doesn't will you give up this sill nonsense about god?

        July 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
      • weber

        Ok you keep talking to your imaginary friends.

        July 20, 2012 at 1:03 am |
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