Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Sharecroppers

Ladybugs are a common sight on our ranch; in fact, they work here. We give the ladybugs free room and board and all the alfalfa weevils they can eat. In exchange, they keep the population of very hungry alfalfa weevils in check for us. It’s something of a sharecropping deal.

Most farmers in this area hire spray pilots to fly over their hayfields and spray for the weevils, but we don’t like to kill ladybugs and other beneficial insects, nor do we want our animals ingesting chemicals like that. But our fields yield as much or more tonnage as those that get sprayed, thanks to the ladybugs.

Perhaps the ladybugs have eaten themselves out of a job! I saw some of them moonlighting on a rubber rabbitbrush yesterday.

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.” –GALATIONS 6:9 (MSG)

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