Thankful for the recent rains
By Jerry Nine
(June 11)—It’s been a long time ago when I could say that our whole area got rain. And for the most part, almost everyone I have talked to said they received from one and a half inches to mostly 4 inches with one saying 6 inches over several days. It has made even the gripiest of farmers and ranchers smile. Now that takes quite a rain. Within a day or so, everything is starting to look greener. If you believe in God, never be too proud to say thank you. And you should remind your family to do the same. Sometimes we have to go through the bad to appreciate what we simply expect. I know for myself, in a drought it is extremely hard to make any money. Our only salvation lately is that the cattle market has been good enough that it has offset some of that by these good prices. This will be very interesting to see what happens because our calf market remained very good in price even though we were in the middle of a drought and getting drier every week with lots of wind. Sometimes moisture makes calves cheaper for some reason. I do not think this is one of those years. Our bred cow market and pair market was a lot more active last Tuesday after these rains. And I think it will get better yet if we can continue to get more moisture.
Farmers are planting sorghum some now, as most did not get to bale any wheat because some fields were not good enough to make a windrow. And most, like myself, are out of hay. A lot of pastures around the area looked as bare as they could, so I’m wondering what the cows were eating. And I imagine the cows had the same thought. Like, “What’s for dinner?”
I was talking to this couple last night who are friends of mine. She reminded her husband that she needed make-up. He said to her, “Why not just get me a 12-pack of Coors instead? That way you will still look good and it will be cheaper.”
This morning I was eating breakfast with another couple. She said, “Isn’t this nice? This is the nicest part of the day.” I said, “Do you mean because you are eating?” She said, “No, I meant because it is a nice, cool morning.”
I was eating pizza the other night. You’re right. My wife doesn’t like to cook either. The older couple sitting at the next booth was trying to order chicken wings. They had lots of different sauces—hot, mild and spicy. But she did not want any sauce menu again. She said in a normal voice, “I want them,” but in a very light whisper said, “naked.” I had to laugh, as it was almost like she was admitting something very embarrassing.
I want to say publicly, “God, thank you for the rain.”
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Oklahoma, is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Oklahoma.