By Andy Sherrod, Orchard Manager
It’s early April and we should be seeing leaves on the trees, but we aren’t. The Kiowa variety is peeking out to see if it’s okay to wake up, but all the other cultivars are sleeping in. It makes me want to drive through the orchard shouting, “Wake up! It’s time to go to work.”
With such a late start on the growing season, other problems may crop up. It’s happened before; an insect pest that never causes problems explodes to epidemic levels in just a few days.
But really, that’s what makes this job fun. No two years are alike. The days will eventually warm and the trees will bloom and pollination will happen and the new crop will set … just like it always does. The lady bugs will hatch (now that’s a sight), and we will be busy once again navigating through another season; changing what we can, accepting what we can’t.
The same is true for you, too. You just don’t know what the year will bring. But I wouldn’t want it any other way…would you?