Our partner Jesse Shanks and his family have returned to the mission field. He will start a new demo crop in his yard in about two weeks, and has a trip planned to visit the farmers we worked with during the initial training in February. Jesse reports that many farmers in the area already have lost their crops this year due to an unusual weather pattern. Farmers normally plant when the rainy season begins, but this year a lack of consistent rain prevented the seeds from properly germinating. Jesse hopes to secure interest from some of these farmers using conservation agriculture techniques, including a thick mulch blanket. Thick mulch would have kept the soil moist longer between rains and potentially saved many crops.