From that, it would seem that each fruit tree has an internal alarm clock that goes off pretty much the same time each year, irrespective of temperature or moisture conditions. This same internal clock holds true for members of the animal world, as well. I mentioned previously that several years ago my old friend, Weldon Crawford, informed me that scissortails return to this area from their migration each year on the 27th of March. Ever since, I always try to make a note of when I see my first arrival. So far, it’s always been within a day or so.
About this time, many folks like me want to get past the chilly windy weather of March and get our gardens going. This hasn’t gone well so far. Temperatures in the mid-teens a couple of weeks ago played havoc with my onions, and I’m wondering if they will recover. Some will not, that is sure, but thankfully my sweet corn wasn’t up yet. I can live with a marginal onion crop, but don’t get between me and my roasting ears and vine ripe tomatoes.
Watch for the scissortails this coming Thursday.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.