From Pipi’s Pasture: Soaking up the season
Summer officially started Friday, and while each Northwest Colorado summer is a little different from the previous one, there are the usual signs that we’re into the season. This week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” is a list of some of these signs:
■ Mornings are so cool that we hunt up our jackets, but by 9 a.m., we’re wearing short-sleeved shirts.
■ Daytime temperatures are hot, and the wind blows way too often.
■ Everyone’s hoping that the danger of frost has passed.
■ The hills are ablaze with color, especially yellow, as summer flowers are in bloom.
■ Weeds are growing faster than the garden plants.
■ Ranchers are just about finished spraying noxious weeds and are getting ready to put up the hay.
■ Irrigation of hay meadows is coming to an end.
■ Because of the wind, watering lawns and gardens sometimes is a challenge.
■ Lots of different varieties of insects are out, and cattle and horses can be seen swatting at flies.
■ When gardeners get together, they share methods used to discourage deer from eating up their garden plants, trees and flowers.
■ Robins check out recently watered lawns and gardens for worms.
■ Farm implement dealers are into their busy season, repairing hay equipment and ordering parts.
■ Ranch wives “run” to the implement dealerships to pick up parts.
■ Cattle and sheep, already out on pasture for a while now, are being moved to other pastures.
■ Pickup trucks pull stock trailers loaded with horses as ranchers ride with livestock and put out mineral.
■ Water trucks drive to ponds on dry land pastures, filling them with water for sheep and cattle.
■ Ranch cats are working on their second litter of kittens.
■ Skunks and raccoons visit ranch homes at night in search of food and water.
■ The farmer’s market is in full swing.
■ FFA and 4-H members are thinking about the upcoming fairs and sometimes wetting their cattle down in the daytime to encourage hair growth.
■ Steaks, hamburgers, hotdogs and ribs are on the menu.
■ The rancher’s dinnertime often is late due to haying.
■ Everyone keeps an eye out for smoke — it’s fire season.
■ Allergies flare up, due to pollen, smoke and dust that are in the air.
■ Deer and elk have their young with them as they graze in pastures and hay fields.
■ Ranch supply stores stock plenty of insect and weed sprays/dusts and baling twine.
■ The summer reading program is on at the library.
■ It’s common to hear lawnmowers running, and water sprinklers run at all hours.
■ Ranch cats try to beat the heat by sprawling out under trees and even on top of a hose that’s running (because it’s cool).
■ Kids are hoping that it won’t be too dry to have a fireworks show on the Fourth of July.
■ The city pool is a good place to cool off.
■ People make plenty of iced tea and take bottled water with them wherever they go.
It’s summer in Northwest Colorado!
New school record, outdone expectations at state mark bright future for Moffat County track and field
With Saturday bringing with it a new team record, a competition that nearly didn’t happen, and a bet with some slippery stakes, never let it be said that Moffat County High School track and field athletes don’t make their season exciting right up until the very end.