It is the time of year here in Texas where the roadsides are awash in the reds and blues of wildflowers. It is also the time of year when parents brave the fire ants, speeding highway traffic, rattlesnakes and litter of all kinds, to plop their children in a bluebonnet patch and get the perfect picture. I am not judging, my parents made me do it, and we have quite a few pictures of our kids among a roadside backdrop of our state flower.

I don't think most kids these days have the respect for the bluebonnet that my generation had. My son brazenly informed me the other day that he picked a bluebonnet in the park. I was shocked, and immediately looked around franticly, fully expecting to see squad cars and maybe even a police helicopter swooping in on our house. When I was my son's age, there was a reverence almost for bluebonnets. I wasn't sure what the Texas Rangers did back then, but I was pretty sure part of their detail was to protect the Texas state flower at all costs. Sure there were some kids who would pick bluebonnets and even brag about it. These were the days before social media, so I haven't kept up with any of those flower-picking ne'er-do-wells, but if I had to guess, they are probably in prison or long since met their fate in a bar-ditch somewhere -- probably a bluebonnet-covered bar-ditch at that.

When my son told me of his actions, I started to lecture him on his choices and the path he was going down. He quickly recanted, and said he didn't really pick a bluebonnet, he was just kidding. So that gives me some hope, that the fear of bluebonnet harvesting is alive and well in today's youth.

If you have bluebonnets in your pasture, you may have trouble with the random family photographer, or rogue elementary school kid trespassing on your place to get to the goods. But, if you have weeds in your pasture, which I'm guessing you do, you have bigger problems. In our cover story we look at weed control and examine different methods you can practice to keep your pastures and hay fields in good shape.

In this issue we also have information about upcoming events and programs, as well as news from around the ag industry. Hope you enjoy it and, as always, thanks for reading.

'Til next time.

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