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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Not a good start to my week

Last week turned into quite a busy week and already this one isn’t looking much better!

I still haven’t been able to figure how we have arrived at the middle of November!

I was thinking that I would only have good things to report this week but I woke up Monday morning to a dead calf.

One of the calves that we just recently weaned was over on his back—dead.

Not really how I planned to start off my morning, my week or my Moos. Frustrating, but dead is dead.

Quick change from fall to winter

It seems as though we have transitioned from fall to winter just like that!

These cold nights certainly have tightened things up.

I think my plowing days may have come to a complete halt. I’m happy that I have the better areas of the Emo Agricultural Research Station completed but I likely needed another day or day-and-a-half to complete all that I wanted.

Alas, this is not the only job I haven’t completed but this is the type of year we have experienced.

Hard to believe it’s November already

Wow, here we are–November! This year certainly has slipped past (I think it’s because we always were waiting for better weather!)

It was nice that Hallowe’en came and went with decent weather for the trick-or-treaters! Unfortunately, poor Marlee ended up missing all the Hallowe’en fun and spent the day in the hospital on I.V.

It sounds like she’s slowly improving but she was hit hard with a nasty bug.

I found it quite sweet that her friends all shared their treats, and one little sweet boy brought her over some chicken noodle soup.

More great cattle prices

Our final cattle sale of 2014 is now behind us.

We sold 1,177 head on Saturday at the Stratton sales barn for a total of $1,613,231.21. Again we saw some great prices and cattle.

And we certainly couldn’t have asked for better weather!

Thanks to everyone for the support we have seem this past year—from our workers to cattle producers, cattle buyers, and, of course, the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association board.

Soybean yields lowest ever

The weather certainly has improved for many of the fall jobs district farmers are trying to complete.

At the Emo Agricultural Research Station, we finally finished combining. Unfortunately, the soybeans were the lowest yields I’ve ever seen at EARS and the seed was small and varied in size.

It also still was quite soft so we immediately put it in our drying oven. We won’t tackle cleaning them until all our cereal trials are complete.

We hope to do some corn yields this week.

Life is much too short

I wanted to say I hoped everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend but I know that isn’t so.

Tragedy struck Emo once again when a beautiful young girl died in a single-vehicle crash Saturday on the road I travel every day.

I only had spoken with her a few times but she hasn’t left my mind since I heard the news. It certainly made me thankful for all that I have—and it reminded me that life is much too short for many.

Cattle sale another success

Another successful cattle sale is behind us!

We sold 1,450 head for $2,289,556.88 on Saturday at the Stratton sales barn. That’s nearly $1,600 across the board!

Cattle prices have never been this strong and it is long overdue for most farmers.

The data from our sale is sent to a market report with the Beef Farmers of Ontario, and they were e-mailing me back asking if the data was correct since the prices were so strong.

Combining nears end

I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the summer-like days we experienced last week!

They sure felt good! Unfortunately, things changed rather quickly come Sunday and we were reminded that fall is very much upon us.

We are nearing the end of combining at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, other than a late-seeded wheat trial, the canola, and soybeans. But I’m not sure what I can—or will—do with our corn.

One of the reasons we avoided growing corn at EARS was because of the bird damage we see in small plots. And we certainly are seeing that this year.

Heavy rain not welcomed

Conditions were becoming quite pleasant regarding moisture by the end of last week—and then we had to have a blast of rain.

It turned out to be quite a storm Friday night, with a beautiful light show! Not so good, though, if you are an owner of dog that is nervous of storms.

My “Roxee” sleeps right through them, but I have friends that tell me their tales of their poor, nervous dogs.

Frost hit crops hard

Well, if you didn’t take the time to cover your sensitive plants in your garden, they likely had frost!

Unfortunately as a farmer, corn and soybeans are sensitive to cold temperatures but covering them really isn’t an option! Now the question is, “What will happen to them?”

If the corn was hit bad enough, you still have an option of turning it into silage.