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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

4-H ‘fun day’ enjoyed by all

The Emo Beef Club held its annual “fun day” on Sunday at Tony and Penny Flatt’s farm.

A huge thank-you to Tony and Penny for allowing us to take over their entire farm and practice with our animals, as well as enjoy a great pot-luck meal. Tony and Penny are young farmers who are building themselves a beautiful farm and should be very proud of all that they have.

Our 4-H kids, meanwhile, did a great job with all their calves and have been working very hard over the summer with their projects (it was extremely hot on Sunday so we didn’t push anyone too hard).

EARS swamped by rain

Well, I started off the week a bit stressed as I was heading to Sarnia and leaving a whole lot of work behind.

Little did I know we would have enough rain that I likely could have stayed away for another week!

Many of you might have seen the river that accumulated at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. We ended up with eight inches of rain last week–six of which fell between Wednesday and Thursday alone.

Wishing for good weather

If we only could have held onto last week’s weather for another week!

It took a while to get back on the land last week but once we did the heat and breeze were just awesome for making hay. I actually thought we might get a couple of decent hours on Sunday but that didn’t happen.

We didn’t have a whole lot left to bale but we had to quit Saturday night since it was getting to tough to bale.

Saturday was a very busy day. It was nearly 30 degrees by 9 a.m. and my comment was: “It’s a bull pullin’, square balin’, hay cutting—kind of day!”

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.