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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Annual report will be shorter this year

I am hoping that everyone took the time to attend a Remembrance Day Service on Monday to honour all those that have fought for us and are still doing this.

It is difficult to complain about the cold day when you think of all that these men and women have been through.

My great-uncle, Charlie, survived war, but he spoke very little of his time there and we respected that it was something that he didn't want to discuss.

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I have been working on putting together my EARS report for the year.

Still plenty to do at EARS

November has arrived and, unfortunately, so has some snow.

Things ended up getting very busy last week with the cooler temperatures.

Combines were running, manure was getting spread and some field work was accomplished.

Of course, it is never enough time and we were all hoping and wishing for “just a few more days!”

It was cold enough last week that some soybeans were harvested, but unfortunately at EARS, they were harvested by our four-legged friends, so we just chopped off the straw that remained.

RRFA put on a fun night

The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture (RRFA) held their annual meeting and entertainment night on Saturday.

For those of you who didn't attend, you missed out on a great night.

The group is working hard to update and create it as a fun night out!

The had a very quick business meeting and then the fun started.

This year they held a photo contest. RRFA had them displayed beautifully.

It was great to see all the photos from across our district.

The winners were Tracy Haglin, Pam Wilson, and Kelly Teeple.

We still matter up here in north

I cannot believe we are nearing the end of October and I am sure it is simply because we have lost the last two months to the weather.

I sure wouldn't complain if it stayed like the last few days until Christmas or even longer. Wishful thinking.

I finally was able to reach some Agricorp and OMAFRA officials last week and they formed an adverse weather conference call that I was able to participate in.

They had no idea our weather was this bad.

Way too much rain

Here is hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. We had one day with no moisture, but it returned with its ugly face again.

Since it started to rain on Aug. 17, we have had 433.5 mm or 17.34 inches. That is the amount that we should receive through our entire regular growing season from May 1 to Oct. 31!

This amount varies across the district but the one thing we would agree on is the fact that it is wet and we all need sunshine!

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It seems things are busy, but it isn't necessarily doing the things we wish we could do.

Two less crop trials due to rain

Well, here we are in the second week of October and we are already over the normal amount of rainfall for this month.

But, on a brighter note, the sun is shining. It was last evening as well and then we had a thunderstorm.

I had to make the executive decision to cancel our winter wheat plans for this fall.

I had the seed in record time, but it should be in the ground at the very latest by the end of September.

Even if the rain stopped today, I wouldn't be getting that in the ground for a couple of weeks.

This weather is the pits

Today is my 50th birthday! I can honestly say that I can't believe I am 50.

I am so thankful for all that I have learned over these last 50 years, but I still think I am 25, maybe 30!

I blame that on hanging around with my summer students all summer long. I am sure that keep me young or maybe keeps me thinking I am young!

I took the day off work today, mainly because it is a P.D. day and the girls could help me sort the lambs that are heading to the abattoir.

Our grain farmers are truly struggling

I am really hoping that now the first day of fall has arrived that our weather will turn around.

The east end of the district missed out on a horrible storm on Friday night. I am hearing reports from three to seven inches of rain in places and it came in short order.

This is not funny.

Our grain farmers are really struggling, and the cattle producers are not much better.

Like I have mentioned before, as a farmer you don't get a paycheque every couple of weeks.

It is only when you market your products.

Surprise birthday bash unforgettable

The middle of September has arrived and if we are lucky, we might even get back in our fields by the end of the week.

The forecast has changed a million times, so I have decided to just not check it.

We sure need good weather and for so many reasons. This weekend I will be bringing all my cattle home, checking and weighing calves. It will be a challenge.

The wet grass makes it challenging for cattle to gain weight—the fact is there is just too much water in the material they are consuming.

Another successful cattle sale

Okay, I was stressed last week with the weather, so I won't even tell you how I am feeling this week and with the forecast the way it is now. Honestly, please refrain from telling me: “How great it is to have rain now!”

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We had another successful cattle sale on Saturday! We sold 839 head for $1,063,870.53.

A smaller sale to start our fall run is sure nice to get us back in the swing of things again.

Most of these animals were yearlings that are off to a feedlot for some quick feed and then off to slaughter.