I heard an agronomist talking today on SDPB-Radio and he noted that when Lilacs bloom, soil temperature has reached 55F degrees. The lilacs just bloomed a day or two ago here in Winner, SD and had bloomed a week or two ago in Rapid City, SD.
And a memory from High School (just the title however):
And another bit of spring is the arrival of ticks and mosquitos. I'd guess the cool and somewhat wet weather has been ideal for both those pests. A post last year here (Beware the Ticks) has been getting a few hits. The warnings are appropriate again. Some of the farm cats have had ticks on them and one found my neck for a few minutes yesterday.. they must be able to fly...or climb trees. West Nile, Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever can be very serious.
Today was a funeral day in Winner. Clyde Chambers was buried. He got West Nile disease from a mosquito bite a few years ago, and perhaps never completely recovered his energy; but cancer caught him. Regards to his family and may he rest in peace.
Weather was nice today with reasonable temperature and no 30mph winds. That makes is nice for mosquitos however and they are already a pest in the evening.
***Stay tuned and check yourself for ticks and swat the mosquitos--- Doug Wiken