Just one week from today it will be “the eve of Christmas Eve” and all is well in the Ark-La-Tex as we enter the Christmas season, and this old man is ready. Now we need to understand what “ready” means to others, so I only speak for myself.
I received from a friend who writes what he believes in a wonderful way said, “when it comes to happiness and success, nothing is more important than attitude.” He goes on to state, “I love to spend time with positive and optimistic people because their attitude is contagious. Unfortunately, negative and pessimistic attitudes are also quite contagious.” That statement is followed by a list of six traits of people with the right attitudes. I may share that list with you in the future. This time of the year, a sincere Merry Christmas, delivered with a smile and hardy handshake will set the mood for the balance of 2018.
This is the last week for any retail sales at the Red River Experiment Stations Greenhouse tomatoes. Donna said last Wednesday, hopefully they would have a few of the tomatoes left on Friday but be sure and call before driving over to the station south of Bossier City. The phone number to call is (318) 741-6430, ext. 1100. The greenhouse tomato research will continue next year and we will have when they are available in 2019 soon.
If you want your spring calving cows to calve during the daytime, there is a way to see that happen, at least with about 70% success. Feed the bred females (cows and/or heifers) late in the afternoon or early evening. The research on “daytime calving” started with a Canadian rancher, then was perfected by cattle research in the United States. One such study was done in Iowa on 15 farms consisting of 1,331 bred females, fed daily at dusk, 85 percent of the calves were born between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Similar tests have been done across the south and southwest. If you just feed hay, it works the same way. Try it you will like it.
“Failure in the past does not nullify purpose is the future.” Adrian Rogers
“The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.” R.W. Sockman
A number of years ago I was given a loose leaf book by Veteran Marshall, Texas educator Gene Stinson, titled “Daily thoughts for School Administrators by J.F. Halloran”… I doubt that the book is still available to our school leaders, but it should be. Thanks, Gene.
At the time this is being written, Congress has been busy doing some of the things that have been left since the last administration. If all (even most) is accomplished as is being talked, we can really see some changes with the next session in Washington, D.C.
Sometimes a “fact” is great enough to make the news, especially if it is an agriculture fact, more than “one million pigs are transported on U.S. roads daily.” That was a reminder to me of the danger of distractions while driving. To many, the hand held cell phones is rapidly replacing any action for individuals. The importance of that phone call could not be as great as we make it…only a few years ago the cell phone did not exist and we all did very well. ‘Nuff said.
In visiting with some of our row crop farmers in the Red River Valley, more crops were harvested but the quality was not a good as an early harvest would have provided. Include in your plans for 2019 any positive method of harvesting early. The weather looks like the early forecasts for next year could be like we are now experiencing.
In planning ahead, check on the source of your seed needs as many of our seed producing areas have had a difficult time with the 2018 harvest. At the same time, the seed suppliers are not sharing a lot of information on seed availability. Huge challenges, that’s agriculture and the needs of an ever expanding world and United States population are growing.
Winter will officially arrive Friday, Dec. 21. Are you ready?
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