Dal Grooms says you might have noticed it about a month ago - you could see the eastern horizon earlier in the morning and you could see the sun set after finishing work. Daylight hours were getting longer.
Now as we pass through this first week of spring, our optimism and the sun return in full force. Nowhere is optimism celebrated more than on the farms and ranches of our country. When it comes to hours of daylight, now is the season that the real work begins. Increasing daylight hours let farmers launch into chores like fixing fences that were destroyed by winter snows, burning damaged limbs on fruit trees and tuning up seed drills and row planters. There are just a few weeks to get everything into tip top shape before the real rush of spring. Does it sound like work? You bet! It's the kind of work that farmers and ranchers tackle every day, as they produce this nation's food, fiber and fuel. They do it with heart, with enthusiasm and with optimism, and if all goes well, they even find time to relax and enjoy those extra hours of sunlight.