By Jack Dillard
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.