Dry years remind us of a different time
By Jerry Nine
(July 16)—I had heard a few people predicting rain for the month of June. One of them was a local rancher who was basing his predictions off cycles and a timeframe of dry weather with cycles changing to wet. That is not hard to imagine if someone is predicting moisture now for the next week.
However, it was when we had just gone through two extremely dry years and then received a little moisture, especially when it appeared we were right back into the middle of a very bad drought. They say our area was drier than the stories we heard of the 1930s.
However, in the 1930s, there was lots of farmland being farmed that should never have been broke out. And most only had very small one-way plows to farm with. I have spoken out against the Conservation Reserve Program, which I feel destroys rural America, taking away any incentive for young people to have a reason to stay on the farm. I never like a program that pays you to do nothing. But I would admit having a lot of extra CRP did keep our area from being a big dirt storm during this drought. However, I will still stand by the fact the CRP has closed lots of small- town businesses with lots of older people wanting to retire, simply putting their money in the bank and taking it out of circulation. Thus making it impossible for a young person to try to get started farming.
With this extra moisture, our area looks like the Garden of Eden when two months ago it looked like a desert. It would be a good time to sell your pastureland or farm ground to an outsider. But you might not want to give him your phone number of where you could be reached later.
There was an older couple who had been married for 60 years. Early one morning, as this couple was sitting at the table for breakfast, she reminded her husband of something. She said, “Do you realize that 60 years ago today we were sitting at this same table together eating breakfast?”
He said, “Yes, but if you remember 60 years ago we had just gotten married and we were probably sitting here together in the nude.” She said, “Let’s do that again for old time’s sake.” After he guffawed, she said, “Honey, it’s just us—no one else is around.” So she convinced him and both stripped off all their clothes and were sitting there eating breakfast in the nude. She said, “Honey, I feel as hot today as I did 60 years ago!” He said, “You probably do. But the main reason is one breast is in the coffee and one is in the oatmeal.”
Remember being successful doesn’t necessarily make you happy but being happy does make you more successful.
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Oklahoma, is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Oklahoma.