By the looks of the calendar, it appears that we have about a week left of this hot month of August. September should be welcomed by most all the folks around our parts. Several reasons that readily appear in my estimation would include the beginning of Dove season, some cooler days, football on all levels, more enjoyable fishing weather, and cool fronts coming down that might bring rain. Everyone also seems to get back in a bit more of a regular pattern with school classes taking up.
A good number of people were pleased with the rains that fell over most of the County last week, bringing moisture that was sorely needed as well as cooling the area for a couple of days. Some of the reports I heard ran anywhere from a light shower up to around 2 inches. The gauge on Lady Z’s & Tony’s fence registered right on a level inch, while Daddy’s was a shade over an inch, but that included one bug. I poured out an inch and a half at the Garvin on Johnny Brown lane, and Emmitt Lee said he had 2" around the corner across the tracks. I visited with Martha Bush last week and she said they got 1.1" out on the Gibbons. We know we’ve had a pretty lucky summer when we still have green grass in the pastures toward the tail end of August.
By the looks of the full moon Tues. evening and also watching the almanac, it should be pretty good fishing for the three days in the middle of the week. Shaw & Cameron baited the lines one day last week with no luck, as did son, Will & yrs. truly this past Sat. evening. It’s been so hot that we’ve encountered hard times with trapping perch to bait out the drop lines. Then when we took the few perch down to the River to set out the lines, one of the baits wiggled off the hook & flopped for freedom in the Colorado. If you happen to see Will in town over the Labor Day weekend, you might ask him about his special sporting circle hooks for throw-lines. While speaking of fishing, I happen to have a short visit with an ol’ fisherman from Tahoka this past Monday evening. Robt. Draper was sitting on the lawn at Hill Country Inn as I rounded the corner coming back from checking Pecans at the Park and Golf course. We visited about some ol’ timers of Algerita, when Geo. B. Walker’s store was still open, of the Hardman’s, and also spoke of Supt. Glaze and her folks of O’Donnell, which is pretty close to Tahoka. If I’m not mistaken, O’Donnell is similar to Abernathy in that some of the folks in the towns have trouble figuring out in which County to pay taxes.
Looking at the calendar, I’d say this is about the time that most of the Pecan producers used to get out the Sevin for Pecan Weevil or
"Redheads", as the locals commonly referred to them. Anyhow, if you’ve had problems with weevils in the past, you should know the trees that are commonly infested. There are several materials that would be effective for Pecan Weevil, but you would be best served to check with your local chemical supplier or give them a call down at the County Agent’s office. I haven’t heard anyone say anything about the Black Aphid as of yet. Anyhow, I’ll check and see what the Mayor has to allow yrs. truly on such said subject and we’ll be trying out around————Harkeyville!!!!!!!!!!!