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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Perfect weather for Canada Day

As much as I enjoyed my Canada Day off, it was like having two Mondays last week!

The weather made for a perfect July 1st, though, and I spent the day cutting hay.

I debated about heading out to the fireworks in Emo but chose to sit on the deck with the mosquitoes (“Roxee” wouldn’t even join me). But I heard they had a great display of colours.

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At home, the fields still are plenty wet. Some years you can drive right through the low spots, but it looks like that won’t happen this year—or, at least, not yet.

Plenty of hay bales wrapped in plastic

We finished our first cut of all our forage plots at the Emo Agricultural Research Station last week.

We decided to cut the remainder with our haybine despite the fact the weather looked a little questionable for the weekend. My comment was “it’s not calling for a whole lot of rain!”

Well, that turned into nearly two inches (and more than two inches in places).

At home, I was so close to going cutting on Saturday morning. But for some reason, I changed my mind and thought I would just start the following day.

District brimming with great kids

Last week, I spent a lot of time with some of the great kids here in Rainy River District!

My week started off with our 4-H Beef Club meeting. Jaden Woolsey offered to host our club for our third meeting and I decided that night that we just might have the nicest bunch of kids around.

We have 12 members, ranging in age from 10-18. Everyone participates, everyone helps each other, and we just have a great time together. I enjoyed our discussion about the fact that the “country kids cleaned up at the high school athletic banquet!”

First cut of forages planned

Here we are the middle of June and our plan is to start our first cut of forages this week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station.

The older alfalfa stands are not looking that great but we will measure yield anyway.

Since we are tiling at the station this fall, and we have a new tractor with a cab and a heater, it will be a great year to work up these depleted plots.

Time to get some heat

I think everyone gets tired of me complaining about the weather but this is getting ridiculous.

We all thought last year was terrible but after updating my weather summary, I found that we actually are worse off than last year.

My weather chart starts in 2000 and this May was our second-coldest month since then and second-wettest (2004 was the only year that was colder and wetter).

We only collected 41 CHU this past May when normal is somewhere in the 300s. Normal rainfall for May is 67.3 mm (2.6 inches) but this year we received 212.5 mm (8.5 inches).

Most crops planted at EARS

The sun is shining but we certainly could stand to be a few degrees warmer!

I think frost struck a few places but I sure hope it hasn’t done damage to any crops or gardens! And here I was thinking we were going to have a perfect growing season this year!

Our canola survived the last frost and appears okay today (Monday), as well.

District starting to dry out

We’re crossing our fingers that the weather will hold up and we’ll get our soybeans into the ground this week!

We were hoping to do so last week but it was just too wet.

We did try mowing the grass and left some tracks, but that chore was long overdue.

Fortunately, the weather this past weekend certainly should have made some improvements in drying and I’m sure many lawn mowers were going right across the district.

Weather causing woes

I’m really starting to think that I might need to make a career change.

As much as I am passionate and in love with agriculture, our latest weather is enough to make me go crazy!

My cows are miserable and the sheep just despise walking in mud. My horse looks like he was in a mud run while “Roxee” (the black lab) would rather sleep than go anywhere outside.

I have my cattle on a hill and you would never even know it. And there is no sense in trying to put dry bedding down since they’ll have that tramped into the ground in minutes.

Weather puts brakes on planting

Well, we certainly were spoiled with good weather and now reality has set in.

Cold and wet has arrived. And despite needing the rain, it would have been more appreciated if temperatures would have stayed decent.

We do have most of our plots in at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. We would have worked on soybeans this week but it’s sounding like we won’t be doing much field work in the days ahead.

We are waiting for the arrival of our new tractors, and the students are anxious to start cutting the grass riding a shiny new green tractor!

Early start to planting season

Wow–what a great week in terms of the weather!

We certainly have had a great start on planting here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. We are holding off planting soybeans until next week but we have been busy with everything else.

Of course, we still are waiting on seeds and protocols, but we quickly can pop them into the ground as they come in.

Many farmers have completed their spring seeding while others have had a great start!

It’s nice that we are getting this early start after such a miserable year in 2014.