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Spring will arrive when…?Spring will arrive when…?

Life on the Farm Side: Birdsong’s Koffee Klutchers share their spring-predicting secrets.

Jonathan Birdsong

February 2, 2018

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The boys breakfasting down at Koffe Klutchers Café had opinions as strong as their coffee about when spring starts — everyone except Cornhead Cal who’s still “beaching” down in Florida.

• “We won’t see the whites of his eyes until the Bluebirds sing,” predicted Ol’ JD.

• “Spring starts,” claimed Cowboy George, “when the manure pit gets full.”

• “It won’t arrive ‘til La Nina what’s-her-name goes home,” argued I.M. Dum.

• “Nah,” smirked his cousin, I.R. Nutz. “It’s when the first crop of weeds springs up.”

• “Not until my crop loan comes in,” sighed C.M. Duck.

• “Robins hang around all winter thanks to climate change,” Barn Bette pointed out. “So they’re no clue.”

• “That’s true for nightcrawlers, too,” added Phil Osifer. “They’re dumb enough to crawl onto the road during any winter thaw.”

• “And, I’ll be done planting corn before Cal gets home,” concluded JD.

So nobody really knows, not even weather forecasters.

Jonathan Birdsong is a pen name for a Farm Progress editor.

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