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Simply Speaking: Drought

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The current drought is beginning to remind me of the one in the 50s, 1950s that is, lasting close to seven years. Of course, going into a period of sparse rainfall, one has no idea of its longevity, so you just take it a day at a time. Seven years is a long time, taking it one day at a time. 

Even though cotton (and okra) are dry weather plants, able to survive under very dry conditions, a little rain at critical points along the way is needed for any chance at profit or fried okra.

Other things have come along since that 50s drought (in addition to Obama), one being the fire ant. They’ve gotten into my okra crop two years running. The mad little varmints overrun the blooms, along with the young pods. My organic methods have had minimal effect to date, so I’m open for suggestions, especially should this drought stretch out toward another seven-year dry spell.

My cattle herd (up to four with maybe two on the way) is suffering from the heat, staying under shade trees throughout daylight hours, grazing by moonlight. The grazing, though, is about to play out and Louisiana hay is a long way off…and priced on up there.

Hurricane Audrey came onshore along the Texas-Louisiana border in June 1957, not delivering much precipitation to Ellis County. Nevertheless, that year was considered the end of the seven year drought running 1949 – 1957, worst in our history.

But September 1961 brought Hurricane Carla, landing at Matagorda Bay, about 100 miles below Galveston, its eye moving northward, right up U.S. Highway 77 through Texas and finally going all the way into Canada at the Great Lakes. Carla dumped plenty of water along the way, still packing winds of about 45 mph as it passed through our area. The drought was definitely over with Carla adding the exclamation mark.

There’s a good chance the La Nina weather pattern will extend through 2011 and into 2012, keeping us hot and dry for awhile longer. Hopefully we can get rid of La Nina in favor of El Nino in 2012, along with also ridding ourselves of La Obama in favor of El Just-About-Anybody in November of that year.

Go to your calendar and pencil in (use a dark lead) Saturday evening, Aug. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., La Quinta Inn, Stadium Drive, behind Wal-Mart, Waxahachie….Ellis County Tea Party Meeting. Candidates for state representative and US Senator hoping to represent you will be there to speak but, most importantly, answer your questions and queries.

Come join with other patriots (not terrorists), but terrifying to those who would be traitors or of none effect as genuine representatives of We the People.

May Yahweh God bless through Yeshua the Messiah.


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