|Another Noble Experiment Gone Awry|
I think it was some 40 years ago when it was in the news "sing to your garden or your vegetables to enhance their growth and their vigor" and I thought why not? After all, I come from a family of pioneers. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I was farming some 25 acres of peanuts on Uncle Clark Evans farm approximately two miles from here, a peanut patch suffering somewhat from malnutrition, dry weather and corn borers. I borrowed a loud speaker from the Extension Service, took a portable radio over to the Robertson place just south of Uncle Clark's peanuts where I had an electric plug, turned it on the only station available, which happened to be rock and roll, turned the volume up to high to carry over the 20 acres of peanuts, and went home at 10 p.m. to a blissful and well earned rest.
The rest is hearsay. Early the following morning, Lucille was awakened by a knock on the door. It was a highly irate, blurry-eyed Uncle Willie Evans and something of the following conversation ensued,
Lucille's response was,
She did, and I did.
But now, some 40 years
later, George Bingham and Sons are having trouble with fire ants on 20
plus acres of peanuts on what we call the "Turner
place." He presently, in cooperation with Bob Whitney, has
some chemical tests going to control fire ants. If the Bingham's and Bob
Printed in the Comanche Chief newspaper, July 2001