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A Mountain Out of a Molehill

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By Nicholas Waters

As winter plods along – come Spring and gopher mounds – homeowners and farmers find themselves playing a familiar song – fiddling while Rome is burning.

Let’s make a mountain out of a molehill. Those mounds on your lawn and pasture could be moles, but they’re more than likely gophers; Plains Pocket Gophers to be pragmatic – Geomys bursarius to be scientific.

These rodents dig and chew, and the damage they can do goes beyond the mounds we mow over. Iowa State University cited a study in Nebraska showing a 35 percent loss in irrigated alfalfa fields due to the presence of pocket gophers; the number jumped to 46 percent in decreased production of non-irrigated alfalfa fields.

The internet is replete with academic research from coast-to-coast on how to curtail gopher populations, or at least control them. Kansas State University – then called Kansas State Agricultural College – also published a book [Bulletin 152] in February 1908 focused exclusively on the pocket gopher.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Jesses Jewelz

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By Jesse Kader

It’s summer but you can still keep your layers classic and western. Take simple pieces and add your own touches to personalize it to your style. I love this simple but statement suit that pairs perfectly with all of my turquoise accessories. Plus, these layers are still cool enough to get us through the warmer days. Find this and more at www.jessesjewelz.com.

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On the Road with Dave Alexander

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Summertime music is in the air. Yes friends, summer is upon us. It’s time for those outdoor parties and special events we’ve all been waiting for to begin. And best of all, most will be featuring live Texas music.

Meet Cayla McPeek. Cayla is a fourth generation singer, songwriter from Forestburg, Texas. Her old school influences in rock and country include Fleetwood Mac, George Jones and Miranda Lambert.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Mumblety-Peg

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By Bryce Angell

I was thumbing through the Netflix channels when, there it was, the great western television series, “Lonesome Dove.” I eagerly watched, for the 10th time, when five minutes into the episode, there was a scene where Newt, PeaEye and Dish were playing a knife game called Mumblety-peg. I had completely forgotten about the game of Mumblety-peg.

Mumblety-peg can be a dangerous game if you choose to play it that way. One brainless way is to see how close you can throw your knife to your feet without slicing your toes. Newt, PeaEye and Dish were playing the game safely by staying away from their toes.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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