Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - August 13, 2019

By Jack Dillard

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As we venture into mid-September our North Louisiana weather is acting like the “fall of the year,” but not much.  It looks like our 100 degree days are behind us but lots of temperatures in the mid 90 degrees range. In my years in this part of the country (since 1959) this is our usual pattern.

Our corn and soybeans are looking okay. The late start for many growers has shaped this crop greatly.  The yields will tell the story, yet our markets look to be an even greater challenge.  Louisiana has the soils, the conditions, the farmers and the support needed for a profitable and money making agriculture, but we have not mastered the art of marketing.  We must keep in mind the times in which we live and what the future holds.  Agriculture does not have the position it did years ago when most of our nation’s population had “some agriculture” in our background.  Not the case in 2019 and beyond. Still there is a world to be fed and this is our challenge who are growing the products to feed our nation and “imitation meat made out of greens” is not going to provide for the future.  The answer?  I don’t have it, but the future does and God is just as much in control today as in the beginning.  Just support his efforts and the answers will come.

A part of being a good manager is “becoming a good observer of everything around you”…land, soil, pasture conditions, livestock, wildlife, birds, insects, people, the interactions of all these and their response to changes in climate.  Then take notes on what you have observed.  Our memories aren’t good enough.  This line of thinking comes from Burke Teichert, a ranch planner and consultant that writes for Beef Magazine.

“Joy is the proof that what we have is REAL and that is SATISFIES.”  Adrian Rogers

John Wayne said “I do think we have a pretty wonderful country, and I thank God he chose me to live here.”

The 14th Annual Florien FFA Jambalaya Dinner and Community Auction will be held at the Florien High School Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m., September 20, 2019.  Everyone attends and enjoys, and we hope to see you there.  Along with my son Jim Dillard, we have been on hand for most of the events.  The dinner will be served prior to the auction.  This is always a community gathering and the crowd is large and the sale items are from useful items that have been locally made to donated items from area merchants and supporters.  You can see your investment at work as the FFA youth are involved through the event.  The program features a report on the activities of the Florien FFA Chapter the previous year and the accomplishments of the youth, plus an update on the coming school year.  The fellowship along makes it an event to attend and be a part of.

The Louisiana Master Farmer Program….Phase 1 training will be held at the Hill Farm Research Station, Homer, Louisiana, September 26, 2019 starting at 1:00 p.m. and wrapping up by 6:30 p.m.  Ten areas will be covered with an excellent program featuring interesting and informative speakers.

We attended the 50th wedding Anniversary Celebration held September 8, 2019 for John and Connie Sandel at First Baptist Church, Florien, Louisiana by their children.  Our families have been close and supportive of each other for decades, and it all started through the Junior Livestock Program our children were a part of. We had three boys (a girl later) and they had three girls and all liked to show animals.  Every time we had an auction in the Sabine Parish area the Sandels were there. The State Fair and our families just “fit”.  A nice well attended celebration for fine folks.

It looks like our Louisiana Pecan Crop will be “spotty.” We will know before Thanksgiving.  We miss the Pecan Experiment Station that was once active in North Louisiana.

Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - August 19, 2019

Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - August 19, 2019

By Jack Dillard

All at once, the school year begins. Cotton is setting blooms in the top of the plant. The days are getting shorter. The kids are needing you more for school events. A church revival is planned, and the fall of the year is approaching.  Where did the summer go? Did you palpate the cows and heifers and get rid of the “open ones”?  The fence that you were going to build last winter, is still on the “bucket list”.  Did you get the “wildflowers” planted? Needs to be done by the middle of September, and be sure and plant scarified seed?  Where did all the summer go as the days are getting shorter and I am a year older.

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Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - August 9, 2019

All at once everything begins happening, however that’s the way it goes.  If the State Fair of Louisiana’s Sale of Champions is going to do its best for the 4-H and FFA exhibitors, lots of activities need to take place and the action begins Thursday August 15th with the 2019 Annual Meeting of the sale’s sponsor The Ark La Tex Agriculture Council (ALTAC) at the Dave Means 4-H Building between Mansfield and Grand Cane, Louisiana (Highway 171) at 6:00 p.m.  The meals will be served by DeSoto Parish Livestock Clubs and Shooting Sports Club, following the meal the Fun Auction will be held with the Sale of Champions Auctioneers doing the selling.

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Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - August 5, 2019

Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - August 5, 2019

By Jack Dillard

The major factor in farming is the weather and how it acts and what it provides on a daily basis.  Before you disagree with me just try to plan in depth your farming activities without considering the weather.  Regardless of what some folks may say, the total control of our weather rests with the Lord God Almighty.  I attempt to keep my prayers current and personal with plenty of Thanks to God and limit my requests. I could want a rain while someone else needs a short dry spell.

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Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - July 26, 2019

Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - July 26, 2019

By Jack Dillard

The weather in North Louisiana has performed to “perfection” the early part of this week. Seldom can we say it is “cool in the last part of July” but we can this year. The crops are responding to the weather. In fact we could use a shower, as our top moisture has left us.  Down deep we have a good supply ready for the growth of our crops. traveled along with son Jim earlier in the week up to Trenton, Texas (Fannin County) to have a “day visit” with long time auction associates Jim and Kay Butler.  Jim and I went to auction school together and then for over 50 years he helped our sales and Kay clerked them all. 

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Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - July 18, 2019

Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - July 18, 2019

By Jack Dillard

A care package arrived last week containing some “keeper” old magazines, two books and a most appreciated two page letter on yellow lined notebook paper.  All from Wynell and James Walker, Bienville, Louisiana, ardent readers of a column I wrote for the Shreveport Times from Thanksgiving 1959 until the last column was published December 30, 2018.  I enjoyed the column very much and the “readership” was most loyal. 

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Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - July 12, 2019

By Jack Dillard

Due to the weather to date this year cattleman should plan of potentially short hay supplies.  If the hay shortage does not happen, good, we can be better cattle producers by the actions you take.  The dates for the State Fair of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana will be October 24-November 10, 2019.  The theme this year will be “Gumbo of Fun” which was announced last Wednesday. 

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Jack Dillard's "Voice of the Ark-La-Tex" - June 25, 2019

The date on the calendar makes little difference; we must first take care of the 4th of July.  As Americans, we need to celebrate our Independence Day…and we will. Our family like many others gets together with each other, church members, neighbors and a few new folks that we need to welcome to the area.  Like all get togethers, the attendance will depend on the weather, but the crowd can be large or small, all will enjoy. 

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