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Able to make some hay

Well, I’m sure everyone was back to wearing long pants and sleeves on Monday morning!

What more can we expect–the polar vortex is still hanging around!

I know we often joke about living in Northwestern Ontario, and having the heat and air conditioning on all in one day, but that was pretty much the case over the weekend.

We did manage to make a few bales of hay–maybe enough to keep a couple of cows over the winter. But we are a long way from finished and we already are at the middle of July.

Alas, the hay is losing quality each and every day as it gets older.

Able to make some hay

Well, I’m sure everyone was back to wearing long pants and sleeves on Monday morning!

What more can we expect–the polar vortex is still hanging around!

I know we often joke about living in Northwestern Ontario, and having the heat and air conditioning on all in one day, but that was pretty much the case over the weekend.

We did manage to make a few bales of hay–maybe enough to keep a couple of cows over the winter. But we are a long way from finished and we already are at the middle of July.

Alas, the hay is losing quality each and every day as it gets older.

Pastures are still very wet

Earlier this year when I was complaining about the weather, a few people told me the forecast was supposed to be miserable until the middle of August.

At the time, I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m now thinking that they were right!

I had intentions of cutting hay last Friday but it rained, and then it rained again Saturday. I cannot believe how wet the pastures are and how much mess that cattle are making punching up the ground with their hooves.

When you drive the four-wheeler around, the water is shooting up from the tires.

Weather now real concern

I guess I will continue to complain about the weather.

I’m actually getting very concerned about it. The weather not only is wreaking havoc on many homes, cabins, and businesses but it is becoming a very serious condition for our farmers.

There currently are a lot of unseeded acres, which means either no grain income or no grain for livestock to eat. And the grain that is planted is showing some severe stress from the wet conditions.

Tired of moaning about weather

I’m sure everyone is getting tired of me complaining about the weather (man, I’m getting tired of complaining about it myself!)

We have exceeded the total normal rainfall amount for the entire year now, with 572 mm (22.88 inches) to date.

We’ve had 286 mm (11.44 inches) so far this month, and had 191 mm (7.64 inches) last week alone.

So I think we all have the right to complain about this.

The last big flood here started on June 10, 2002–very similar in timing.

A frustrating year for farmers so far

For the first time this year, I finally was able to get some much-needed yard work accomplished this past weekend.

Well, I nearly had to get the tractor to pull my lawn mower out in one spot and had to go around a few puddles after that. But the grass is cut, the weeds are trimmed, and I have most of my flowers planted.

Crazy–it’s nearly the middle of June and I’m just planting flowers!

Too many weather extremes

Well, once again I’m going to complain about our weather!

Why is it that we seem to only have extremes here in Rainy River District? As in extremely cold, extremely hot, or extremely wet!

I personally have no complaints about the hot part; I absolutely loved last week. I’m not so in love with anything about the amount of rain we’ve had since Friday.

When I woke up Monday, it looked like I was living on a small island–there was water in places that I haven’t seen water before.

Finally able to start planting

Yay—the warm weather has arrived. Funny how we can go from 10 degrees to 90 in no time at all!

No complaint at all but it is quite an adjustment.

I finally was able to do some field work at the Emo Agricultural Research Station late on Thursday. It was far from perfect but given time is ticking, I decided to push it a bit.

Of course, here at EARS there a multiple steps we have to complete before we can start putting seed in the ground.

Late start to spring real downer

Wow, we are now past the middle of May and I still haven’t made a pass on the land (and yes, it is driving me crazy!)

I stopped in at the Emo Agricultural Research Station over the weekend and we were getting close–only to have it rain again, which will keep us off the land for another couple of days.

I am so disappointed with our late spring—it usually means we end up rushing around and that is when mistakes happen. As long as I have worked here at EARS (since 1988), I’ve never been this late!