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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

No complaints about hot weather

Our summer weather continues—and it sure feels good. I certainly have no complaints about these hot temperatures.

I frequently get asked, “Do you tan?” No, I don’t, but I ride a tractor daily.

As such, I have a horrible farmer’s tan (the back side of me is white since the sun doesn’t reach the back side of your legs on a tractor!)

And yes, I do wear sunscreen. But by the end of a long, sweaty day, I’m not sure how effective it is. And re-applying isn’t that enjoyable with layers of dust and grit.

Hay yields lower

The drier spring is sure showing negative results in the hay fields across the district.

People are reporting a third- to a half-less hay. Many are trying to secure hay from other sources in order to keep their cow herds stable.

Funny how things change so quickly here; the last few years have resulted in higher yields of hay and this year not so.

I think many of us are hoping to get the first cut hay cleaned off and then hope for some second cut but unless we get some rain that won’t happen either.

Time to hay

It looks like the weather is shaping up to be a great week!

I am hoping to tackle some of my haying. I am nervous about some of our fields—there doesn’t appear to be a lot of hay.

I tend to worry about that sort of thing but I am trying to remember that there isn’t much you can do about it!

You can always hope that we will have the right growing conditions and we might get a decent second cut.

We should be able to finish haying at EARS this week.

June always a busy month for meetings

June has been a very busy month with meetings most every night (it seems we try to cram all our meetings in this month before we get busy with haying!)

I was planning to attend the RRFDC annual meeting in Emo, but it just so happened we had no power that night and I wasn’t able to shower. There are certain meetings where it isn’t appropriate to go smelling like a cow!

I was happy to hear Deb Cornell and Jim Belluz joined the RRFDC board.

Abattoir in need of more business

The Rainy River Regional Abattoir is hosting its annual meeting next Wednesday (June 20) at 7 p.m. at the abattoir.

Please take the time to attend as the abattoir is in need of more business! It is a brand new, very expensive building and it we don’t use it, we very easily could lose it.

I’ve heard many times that the cost to butcher is too expensive. But there are a few things you should think about.

Weather extremes all to common

As it seems to happen here in Rainy River District, we have weather extremes: extremely cold, extremely hot, extremely dry, and extremely damp.

We all will agree that we needed the rain, but now it’s time for this pattern to move off–preferably to the Timmins area, where they have been battling one of Canada’s largest forest fires.

I also understand Thunder Bay was hit extremely hard with rain and that many people are flooded out!

There just doesn’t seem to be a happy medium.

Most of our plots now planted

It was a great planting week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station and we managed to get a majority of our plots filled up!

We still have some grass/legume blocks to plant, but the last of that seed should be arriving early this week.

We welcomed the rain even though it didn’t amount to a whole lot.

We also are having some geese problem in our plots, but I hope we can chase them away and get them to stay away. They can do a lot of damage to a small plot.

Early trials looking good

Well, it was wonderful busy time here in Rainy River District last week.

We didn’t have much rain, but enough to keep us off the land for a few days at the agricultural research station in Emo.

The earlier planted trials all have emerged and are looking good. We are now working on finishing off some other areas of EARS, and by the end of the week it should be safe to plant our soybeans.

It is a real treat to have both my boys back from last summer since they remember the process and it certainly speeds things up nicely.

Busy week at ag station

My summer students had a very busy week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, getting lots of seeds weighed, packaged, and in the ground.

We actually worked on some of the more time-consuming trials that have been ongoing for a few years. It is nice to get them off the list as they take up a fair amount of time even though they are not big trials.

We then switched our drill over and planted some canola. It might be a little too early for canola, but my thought was that it is pretty dry and it sure hasn’t been very warm, so it likely won’t germinate for a while anyway.

Weather thankfully didn’t dampen cattle sale

Well, Mother Nature co-operated for part of Spring Fever Days in Emo!

Friday was beautiful and it was nice to see our little town buzzing along.

Unfortunately, the weather Saturday wasn’t so great and it certainly made it a long, hard day for the workers at the sales barn in Stratton. The cattle don’t look as nice when they are wet, but the prices were steady and I’m hoping that producers were pleased.

Our new manager, Philip Krahn, did a great job and had some new buyers at the table, which we always welcome.