A little moisture will go a long way
By Jerry Nine
(April 15)—Actually, there is a little winter grass and cheat that is coming in these pastures but our overall immediate area is dry. You do not have to go very far east—perhaps 100 miles—and it looks good, compared to us.
I hear talk of the weather pattern changing between now and August and then turning very wet. We received a little snow this past week with an accumulation at mostly two-tenths of an inch. When you are dry you can count every tenth. I am still optimistic so you pessimists can visit with yourselves.
A friend of mine was driving his semi and trailer across the state line delivering feed. At the port there was a man in charge who liked to be sure everyone knew that he was the one in charge. He had to see your papers, he would check your tires, he checked your lights and anything else until he could find something he could point out to you that you were doing wrong.
In his books he was not only very important but he was willing to share that with you also. This friend went through this port every week. This important man also had a huge belly with large suspenders that he stroked while walking around his truck. Then he proceeded to tell this farmer driving his truck that “you farmers get away with murder.”
This friend finally had listened to him all he wanted so he told him “that it looks like after looking at your belly—you have enjoyed a plenty of that cheap food that we farmers have provided.” Needless to say the port man found another problem on his trailer.
I put some steers on a farmer’s wheat and the wheat was pretty short. I asked the farmer the other day if those steers were doing all right. The farmer answered, “Yes, they must be content and getting a plenty of wheat as they were all laying down this afternoon.” Another cowboy spoke up and said, “Maybe instead of full they are just tired from walking around looking for more wheat.”
I asked another cowboy single friend how he was getting along. He said, “I am doing great. I am only one sugar momma away from being rich.”
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Okla.