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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

A lot of hay being made

You may have noticed there is a lot of hay being made these nice sunny days.

The last few days of haze have made it a bit more difficult to get hay to dry though. It also helps if there is a nice breeze, not 90km/hr winds but a breeze.

I make only dry hay so hot, breezy days are ideal. Many guys make haylage; that is the stuff you see in the long white bag or even some individual bags.

That hay doesn't need to dry completely, and they wrap it in the bags without oxygen and it ferments properly. The cows like it.

'Street Meat' returning to Emo

What an amazing weekend to celebrate Canada!

We couldn't have asked for better weather. I was able to bale some hay and still take a day off and head to Mine Centre for a day.

This is ideal weather for making dry hay—hot but still with a good breeze. It really makes a sometimes stressful job quite enjoyable.

The extended forecast is jumping all over the place, but it is hard to not keep cutting when the weather is as it was over the weekend.

I am hearing reports of both good hay crops and bad hay crops.

So thankful that summer's here

Summer has officially arrived!

It really is my favourite season; long days and hot sun—what more could a farmer ask for?

I had a long list for the weekend after missing a weekend at home with my visit to Barrie, Ont.

I am so thankful that the weather co-operated.

It is time to start making hay and everything else gets put off until that task is over.

The hay is looking decent in some fields at least. I was worried since we haven't had a very typical year.

EARS students held down fort

Here we are—middle of June!

I don't know about you, but I am still waiting on some summer weather.

Though, as you talk to others we here in Rainy River District are really in pretty decent shape as compared to our friends to the east and the west.

I just returned from Barrie and the weather wasn't great at all.

Their crops were barely out of the ground and there were some fields not even planted yet.

Myself and Deb Zimmerman were gone to celebrate Destiny Woolsey's graduation!

Successful week at EARS

I hope the summer weather returns. It was pretty darn cool this a.m. and though the sun was shining, we had quite a shower of rain as we arrived at the Research Station.

Last week was a successful week despite the fact we had close to a one inch of rain mid-week. We only had a few drops at home and I understand Fort Frances was hit even harder.

The hops are climbing well, and they really enjoyed those hot days.

We were able to spray some weeds and the soybeans finally look like they have fully emerged.

Got a couple of new kitties

It is June 3 as I write this and I have layers of clothing on. That don't seem right.

I have heard two reports—one saying that summer will be colder than normal and the other stating it will be warmer than normal.

I think it just means that we don't really know!

I hope everyone had their plants covered yesterday am because that was a hard frost!

I haven't had time to get much planted at home so guess that is a positive.

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I made the executive decision to hold my cows back one more week.

Our 4-H Beef Club has started

There is no sense in commenting on the weather because I believe we are all of the same opinion.

All I can say is Mother Nature better plan on making up for this later this year!

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We planted a few more areas before the rain came last week and we were all set to start spraying but we are definitely out of the field for a few days!

We have had over two inches of rain in this last little wet spell.

I have had less at home, but you'd never know it. Just where we walk to get grain pails, sheep pens, etc., we are making a muddy trail.

Farmers getting their fields planted

What a great long weekend! If only we just had one more day—right?

I have to say it won't go down as one of the warmest weekends of all, but the sun was shining!

Actually, I had to go in and put my long-johns on when I was cutting grass on Saturday.

I remember my good ole friend Gary Teeple telling me: “if you have to wear that many clothes cutting grass, then you shouldn't be cutting it!” He pulled up on me once in my insulated coveralls.

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My boyfriend/partner had his foot surgery on Thursday.

Lambs have arrived

It is starting to green up nicely and you can see some green leaves popping out.

The weather was nice over the weekend and it really has started to dry up!

I was hoping to get over my lawn, but my boyfriend/partner is working on my lawnmower, so it is out of commission for a few more days.

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All our lambs have arrived, but we were disappointed to have to pull so many of them.

Thankfully for my vet cousin and a good neighbour, we didn't lose any of them—but we had some tough pulls!

Sorting cows is always a big job

Okay, this waking up to snow is getting old real fast!

As I wake up in the night I always look at my cameras and I could see something blowing around, but I was hoping it was just the birds flying in and out of the barn.

We should have been getting this weather in March, certainly not May.

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My students started back at EARS last week and we really accomplished a lot last week.