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NORTHERN MAINE CHRISTMAS WEATHER REPORT. This year's Christmas Day in Northern Maine was the warmest one on record, topping out at 58oF. It was accompanied by an approximate half-inch of rain (we take down our rain gauges in November) and that removed all of our snow cover and thawed out our once frozen-over ground. So our Christmas started out white and then ended up brown.
Next day, Saturday – 'Boxing Day' in nearby Canada – we received 2-3" of snow, visible in this photo taken on Sunday.
This field is the 'Shaw South Field #31.' We grew our organic Maine Certified Seed Potato crop on '31' this year. Following harvest we planted the field to a crop of organic Winter Rye which we're growing for seed.
Most of this field is good, high, well-drained 'Mapleton Shaly Silt Loam' potato soil. The minor low portions are less well-drained 'Conant Silt Loam.' Years ago we installed 4" perforated plastic drainline where there is Conant to hasten drying in the Spring and as insurance against a wet Fall with potatoes in the ground yet to harvest. Yesterday the water was flowing out of the drainline at a good clip.
That thawed ground by the road culvert has been lined with stone to prevent erosion and a thick, permanent grass sod has grown up through the cracks. The warm Fall allowed the Rye to grow past the 3" tall threshold which is the minimum height needed to protect the soil from the erosive impact of raindrops.
Oakley, our effervescent 8-month-old Australian Shepherd is enjoying the fresh smells of thawed ground. The trimmed Poplar sapling was placed this Fall by the Bridgewater Town road crew at the head of this culvert, as they did at the head of every other culvert in Town. That way, should a road flood over this Winter, they will know exactly where to dig away the snow to expose the end of the ice-plugged culvert andcan then apply heat to melt the ice out. Caleb, Megan & Jim