We are getting a pretty good lesson so far this year in relation to that ol’ adage of Texas weather; you know the one that says if you don’t like it, just wait ‘til tomorrow. There were also some reports of a lil’ light frost down in the low spots on Monday morning. Looked like we had about 37 degrees off our porch, but Ann told H. Bubba Barber that she & Bucket registered 31 down on the Hollow at Cherokee Creek. Their potatoes & onions were fine, but think they might have still had their tomatoes under cover. Anyhow, if any of you happened to experienced any frost damage to some of your tender plants, Abbey’s & Ivy’s probably will provide you another set.
Looking at the week-long forecast, we might be in store for some more moisture toward the end of the week. Our fair Valley of the Pecan has been somewhat fortunate the past month or so in rainfall received.Running a fair average “guesstimate” on Daddy’s gauge out on the fence post, looks like about 5.5” during the afore-mentioned period. The small grain farmers are already worrying about lining up combiners, while some of the stocker steer boys are trying to figure out daily gains. Most of the forage sorghum has been sown and the fertilizer trucks & trailers are pretty well tied up trying to get it all out at the same time.
Gilbert Flores has already been budding, John L. Kuykendall has had a Pecan Propagation workshop-clinic down in Llano, and J. Byrd says the bark is slipping up river at the Maxwell Crossing. Olan Tisdale and yrs. Truly have made our annual trek up to Womack’s above De Leon, so it’s safe to say that the season for such-said activities may begin. Some of the varieties that we plan on grafting are Pawnee, Hopi, Kanza, Caddo, and Apache. The trend for selected varieties has sort of leaned toward early ripening varieties for the past few years. Some of those that are acceptable are Pawnee, Shoshoni, Kanza, and Osage. Daddy and Dr. Tommy Thompson are particularly partial to the Pawnee. I grafted a seedling that came up in Momma’s garden plot right at 24 years back to Pawnee and it yielded 56 pounds of nuts this season.
Pecan Producers, farmers, ranchers and interested town-folk may want to mark their calendars for Mon., 5 May, as the date for the ’08 version of our annual Pecan Field Day, scheduled this year to be held at the Civic Center at Mill Pond. The organizers do a bang-up job of varying the subject matter of the program each year on Pecan related management activities, as well as an extensive equipment show. The fish-fry lunch is well worth the $20.00 registration fee plus the fact of obtaining 7 CEU’s for Pesticide Applicator’s liscense. They do ask that you RSVP down at the County Agent’s office by the 28th. Guess I’ll have to send Lady Z a check for mine.
Bubba Barber, C. Moses, “Teaspoon” Tony Navarra, Jimacktim,son, Will & yrs. Truly will be on hand over at the Llano Park this fri. & Sat. boiling a bunch of Cajun Cooper’s sausage for the Annual Crawfish Open. It’s rumored that they might boil upwards of 11,000 lbs. of Crawfish as well as a couple of pick-up loads of potatoes and corn-on-cobs. Fuzzy Reagor & Mary usually cook up a big batch of Jambalaya, while T. Rains of Beaumont might make a bit of Etoufee for the cooks. Anthony Richards will be on hand for the Crawfish eating contest and Teaspoon has never lost one, so It should really be a sight way out beyond——————————Harkeyville.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!