The Tulia Herald (Tulia, Tex.), Vol. 93, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 20, 2001 Page: 3 of 34
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20,2001
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THE TULIA (Swisher County) HERALD
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Out At The Farm
by John Herring
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MARIAH POWELL'S gingerbread house at Highland Elementary
gives some idea of what can be done. All of the gingerbread
houses will be presented in The Tulia Herald next week.
MATACHINES 2001 of the Church of the Holy Spirit preformed at
the Fiest of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12. Dancers are front left
Heather Searra, Vanessa Avilla, Hector Loya, R.J. Romero, Brit-
tany Romero (also the 2002 Reina of Our Lady of Guadalupe), Jair
Macias, De'Ann Garcia; middle Mayra Avila, Kimberly Romero,
Janeiro Fernandez, Samantha Basaldua, Luis Martinez, Christan
Padilla, Liz Perez; back Demi Grubb, Tabby Frausto, the Rev.
John Salazar, Vanessa Loya, Lani Frausto, and Miranda Rocha.
-Photo by Brenda Frausto
Cotton harvest will essentially be
over before Christmas this year.
This was quite an accomplishment
considering that the county probably
produced an all time record number
I would have preferred to have fin-
ished our harvest by mid-month so
that we could have tied up some loose
ends before Christmas. For example,
we really needed to get our cattle
numbers balanced better with avail-
able grazing before the holidays. But
I am not complaining. We had an
excellent crop that took a lot of hours
of harvesting time to gather, and it
may take us a couple of days after
Christmas to finish up on our farm. If
we could have caught some rain the
last half of July I just wonder how
good this crop could have been.
It is obvious to me that the hard
times and poor prices are eating away
at the attitude of our farmers. Histori-
cally local farmers have shifted em-
phasis m the next crop year to what
really did well the year before. We
had an excellent wheat crop in 2001,
but I see no rush to increase acreage
for 2002 One would expect to see a
lot of wheat going in after cotton
harvest in the newly stripped fields.
No such widespread plantings have
occurred this time.
Wheat marketing experts told us
for three years that wheat prices were
about to rally The rally never came
and the gloom has become deeply
entrenched. As the world wheat sup-
plies became tighter, the dollar be-
came stronger and the American
farmer never got to participate m any
real sustained price increases.
The mild weather we have had this
fall has allowed wheat to grow where
there was adequate moisture. Even
though we started our with a lousy
wheat pasture grazing year, pros-
pects are gradually picking up. Stocker
calf prices have risen without feeder
prices going up so the stock farmer is
now facing a serous cost/price squeeze
of his own.
There are a lot of things in our
world that we would like to be able to
measure in a more timely manner.
For months our economists fretted
over whether or not we were going
into a recession. When they finally
decided that indeed we were in a
recession, they announced that in
fact, we had been in it since last
Likewise, weather forecasters are
tiying to decide whether or not we
have entered an El Nino. Like our
recession, once they decide for sure
that we are in an El Nino, we will
have been in it or several months.
If we are in an El Nino, the result
usually is above normal precipitation
in the Southern Plains in late winter
and spring. For us, this would equate
to another good wheat crop and good
subsoil moisture for next year’s row
crop! Come on El Nmol We would
like to have something to get excited
about as we bnng in 2002!
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KITCHEN STAFF led by Jean Berry brings buffet table to Tulia
Health and Rehab sitting room for family Christmas party.
BENNY THOMPSON, a resident at Tulia Health and Rehab, was
ready for Christmas party. Center manager Lynn Blanchard said
Dear Santa. Dear Santa, the employees worked very hard to prepare and put on the party.
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The Tulia Herald (Tulia, Tex.), Vol. 93, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 20, 2001, newspaper, December 20, 2001; Tulia, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth636421/m1/3/?q=scrappy: accessed September 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Swisher County Library.