The Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stormy Nickerson is stepping down from the position.

She is joining one of our finest businesses in a newly created position as program and event coordinator at Bear Creek Smokehouse. They have a wonder product that is being introduced nationwide and can become a huge positive for all in our area.

Stormy said it all when she wrote: “In life, I have asked God for wisdom, guidance, and open doors when I have questioned my path. He always answers those prayers by calming my questions or a new direction, but humans fear the unknown and change even when God opens a door.”

This is only a portion of her statement but you know more about the lady who thinks the way she does.

All are invited to drop by 110 S. Bolivar St. in Marshall from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow and wish Stormy well and pat our chamber on the back for our immediate past and near future.

Lots of hay was baled until the showers returned and the quality should be good; especially where the ryegrass had dried up and the moisture in the hay was just right.

The Farmers Market (open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) has attracted a good attendance, and as we get another week or so behind us the volume of produce will increase.

Have you tried the new potatoes and the onions? I can make a meal there with cornbread. Peaches are starting to ripen — “clings” (meat attached to the seed) and later the freestones will be available and all like them.

I was visiting with the Merkets in Panola County earlier in the week and they still have a good supply of Mayhaws available and for sale.

If you are flying “Old Glory,” keep it up for Flag Day, June 14 and the 4th of July. When someone asks, “why are you flying our flag,” take the opportunity to tell the great story of our flag.

It’s now the opening of hurricane season (June) and here comes more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. It could be a long season. We mowed for hay last Monday, so the early rains got to the hay before it was baled.

Our intention was to use the hay on our own cattle so we can feed protein supplement accordingly and it will be fed first when the need arrives.

Hopefully, we can get some over seeding done for fall and early winter grazing. First things first and we need to get the perimeter fence done.

“It is better to be frightened into heaven than lulled into hell.” — Adrian Rogers

“Difficulties are footholds toward maturity.”— William A. Ward

Robots are taking over farms faster than anyone saw coming.

The first fully autonomous farm equipment is becoming commercially available as I write, which means machines will be able to completely take over a multitude of tasks.

Tractors will drive with no farmer in the cab, and specialized equipment will be able to spray, plant, plow and weed cropland. And it is all happening well before many analysts had predicted, thanks to small startups in Canada and Australia.

One expert says artificial intelligence, deep learning and advances in computer vision are going to transform agriculture machinery even further.

I would not get real concerned about this new piece of equipment. It is being introduced in Canada and Australia (I understand) this year or next.

The manufacturers of the equipment are in Canada and probulary somewhere in America, but there is still no reason to be concerned. It will be a long time getting to the size farms we have in most of the Ark-La-Tex and by then, others will be in charge of getting it done. With all that said, I would like to see a machine operating.

It you are in need a hose to water around your home or farm, be sure and purchase a 5/8 inch hose. Smaller hoses do not hold up and do not have the volume you need. I would purchase a hose that rolls up easy and will provide the volume needed.

The TV hose — most at 25 feet — two will make 50 feet and the nozzles look to be good also.