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Farmers tour area pastures

There’s an old joke that goes, “You can tell if someone’s a farmer or not because they are the ones who are out standing (outstanding) in their fields.”

But you could take that joke literally during the Emo Research Station’s pasture tour last Saturday.

Hemp making name for itself

About 30 people made their way to the Lowey farm on Highway 602 last Friday for an industrial hemp demonstration—and they seemed to like what they saw.

Blair Lowey, along with University of Guelph researcher Gordon Scheifele, who is supervising hemp test plots across Northern Ontario, held a field day at the five-acre plot just west of town.

Yearling sale touted a success

Prices were good and numbers were high Saturday, leaving organizers very happy with the results from the annual yearling sale at the Stratton sales yard.

More than 1,000 head of cattle went through the auction ring in front of a full buyers’ row. Many of the yearlings were trading in the mid-90¢/lb range, with heifers fetching more than $1/lb.

Spearhead found near Nestor Falls

What began as a little boy chasing a frog on the beach ended up in a primitive keepsake for his dad.

Two weeks ago, four-year-old Jesse Cameron found what his father, Don, believes was an ancient arrowhead lying in shallow water along the shore of Lake of the Woods near Nestor Falls during a break from fishing.

Four new fires reported

Four new forest fires were reported in the West Fire Region yesterday, including two in Fort Frances District.

Fort Frances Fires #159 and #160 were both small, lightning-caused blazes which broke out late in the day in the northeast corner of Quetico Provincial Park.