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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Crazy storm activity

I am writing this “Moos” column by candlelight Sunday night since our hydro was out for the second time that day.

We certainly saw some crazy thunderstorm activity over the weekend. Luckily, we seemed to be on the edge of the hail earlier Sunday and I drove as fast as I could out of it heading to pick up my mom and dad’s dog at Signature Kennels.

This week in the field

Wow, it is the middle of June! You will see most of the dairy farms making hay—or maybe even finished their first cut if the weather held long enough for them.

The beef producers traditionally cut a bit later (they tend to cut for quantity rather than quality).

Cattle all are likely on pasture now so there might be less work around the yard. But you now spend a bit more time checking on cattle since they are not right in the yard.

Time for the sun to shine

Yes, we needed the rain—but now the rain needs to leave and the sun needs to shine! The weeds are advancing quickly and it is killing me that I’m not able to get out and spray.

Meanwhile, the cereal trials at the Emo Agricultural Research Station are in need of trimming but we are not able to get out there with any type of equipment.

A fellow farmer told me that June isn’t supposed to feature good weather at all–I sure hope that was an incorrect prediction.

Cattle enjoying green grass

If you are travelling around the rural areas, you’ll see most of the cattle now are out enjoying the green grass.

The grass has come along quite nicely after getting some of this latest moisture.

But it is a wise idea to wait until the grass has a good head-start before letting your cows out in hopes of it to last for the summer and not becoming over-grazed.

My plan was to haul cows over the weekend and I awoke Saturday morning to some cows bawling–but not normal bawling. Rather, it was “Oh no, what is happening?!”

Great weather for long weekend

What a great long weekend! Amazing weather, lots of good company, visiting, and, of course fencing!

We certainly had pretty darn good weather and here at my house, we received a half-inch of much-needed rain!

The best part is the rain came and then the sun returned all in the same day! That doesn’t happen very often!

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We now have a permanent zip-line installed on the farm. My boyfriend/partner brought his two great-nieces over for a few runs on Saturday while everyone was fishing in the Stratton derby.

Frosty mornings hard on crops

We can hope our frosty mornings are long gone now until later this fall, but you just never know!

This is hard on the newly-emerged crops that are trying so hard to pop out of the ground. I certainly hope there is little damage as it is frustrating and expensive to think about re-seeding acres and acres.

We are hoping we’ll get our soybeans and dry beans planted this week. We normally like to wait until after the middle of May to plant these crops so we are somewhat on schedule with them.

Things a bit slow at EARS

Well, if the weather channels are correct, we are in for the wetter, cooler weather that I was dreading.

I realize a rain shower wouldn’t hurt anything and, in fact, improve the situation with our fire ban. But we don’t need inches and inches of the wet stuff.

Likely some of the early-seeded crops could use a sprinkle of rain, but it would be nice if they didn’t get drowned out or froze off!

We certainly hope the rain will reach those horrible forest fires that others are battling.

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Most anxious to get planting

The sun finally has arrived—and everyone is anxious to get on the land and get some seed into the ground.

I was able to start cultivating Friday. And it was great for the most part!

My summer students are starting this week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station—and they are going to get tossed into a very busy time! I was hoping to get back into the station over the weekend but that just didn’t work out.

I know many think it is too early to be planting, but the black soil is quite warm and we all worry about what will happen with our weather.

Cattle prices have dropped

We ended up with 1,246 animals at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday, with the value in sales being $1,350,931.77.

Unfortunately, prices have dropped and all indications are they will be staying this way for a long time.

People selling their own yearlings or fall calves did OK, but the difficult part are those who purchased cattle last fall at the top of the market and now are having difficulty getting their money back out of them.

I do sympathize with them. The cattle business is tough and it is hard seeing people losing big bucks.

Grass starting to green up finally

You certainly could see the grass greening up as the temperature reached double digits on Saturday!

I was excited about seeing the lawn–and then thought, oh yeah, that’s the next thing: cutting grass!

I still have a few large rocks to move before that first time on the lawn mower. The first time is scary as you uncover and throw around all those hidden winter treasures.

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