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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • RUSSELL HIVELY: From clover to lightning bugs

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  • I have noticed lots of white clover blooming as I go on my Wildcat Boulevard walks each morning. Some lawns are almost entirely covered like a white blanket.
    One of our neighbors left two large patches of it in his lawn when he mowed. I do not know why? Perhaps he just likes white clover.
    A friend said he did not mow his yard, as his bees were dining on the white clover blossoms. Another bee keeper remarked how happy he was that a nearby field was covered with white clover. “My bees have free food next door,” he said.  
    A young calf in a cattle trailer parked at McDonalds was bawling its head off the other morning. Hearing a calf bawling is not unusual in rural America. Still, it is a sound I have not heard much on my morning walks. I wondered if the youngster had just been weaned, or if he was crying for all the beef McDonalds serves each day.
    I have begun noticing lightning bugs in the evenings when I sit on the deck. I usually associate them with summer. I guess it has arrived. When it was cold so late this spring, I wondered if hot weather would come along. It did.
    Wire cages are now surrounding the tomato plants in the garden. I like them to help hold the tomato plants up as they grow toward the sky. Still, I wonder if the old myth that tomatoes grow better if surrounded by iron was true. After two years of poor tomato crops, I would even take a myth being true to give us a good year in the tomato patch.
    Because of the high price of beef, cattle thieves have been at work in Missouri. Several cattle branding classes have been held the last couple of years. Missouri Extension offered one as did Crowder College a couple years back.
    During the classes, ranchers are taught branding laws, brand choice, and the best location for brands on the animal.
    One of the courses ended with this quote, “Cattle thieves do not steal clearly branded cattle.”  If you have cattle, branding is something to think about.
    Take a walk, enjoy our different flowers like white clover, use those signal lights, watch for pedestrians, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.
    Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.

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