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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

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.

Sellers pleased with prices

We had a great cattle sale over the weekend in Stratton, with 829 animals being sold for $1,298,617.72.

That translates into $1,566.49 per head and includes everything–cull cows, bulls, you name it!

I’ve received many positive comments on how pleased people were with their prices.

Despite testing our DLMS (on-line selling) equipment on Thursday and everything working fine, something happened and the equipment would not even turn on Saturday morning.

Still facing plenty of chores

Wow, September is here! Thanks to everyone who sent me a text and e-mailed me about the arrival of “Ms. September!”

I hope many people are “Googling” today just to find out where Emo is!

Unfortunately, I have so much work ahead of me that changing the calendar seems a bit stressful. I know everyone is in the same boat (i.e., lots of work and not enough hours in the day).

I keep thinking about making an official list of what I would like to complete this fall, but that may just make me feel more overwhelmed.

Finally finished cutting my hay

Well, it’s official—on Friday night I finally cut the last of my hay.

I had high hopes that with a couple of sunny days, we would have it all baled up! When I saw the weather forecast for Sunday, I tried raking and baling some late Saturday night but it just wasn’t quite ready.

And just like the previous weekend, the predicted one-three mm of rain turned into 17 mm again! Huge puddles everywhere and quite a mess working with the fair cattle.

What a year! Despite have two decent weeks of weather, the ground is still wet and the rain makes a mess rather quickly.

Rain forecast was wrong

As I left work last Friday, I quickly called the kids over to take a look at what I was seeing on the computer!

Of course, it was a weather site and it predicted nice weather for the next week (well, it did say a slight chance of 1-3 mm of rain on Saturday, but 1-3 mm is pretty much like what we receive for dew these mornings).

I happily told my dad, “It’s going to be a great week. Let’s keep cutting!”

Fields look more like lakes

Well, last week was ruined by the crazy amounts of rain that fell across the district late Monday night.

We had 2.5 inches, which left windrows of hay in standing water, while my west-end friends saw five inches of rain and fields that looked like lakes.

The water is not going away too quickly, either, since the ground is just about as fed up with the rain as we are.

I did get to bale up most of my water-logged hay, but had to leave many rows in the field since it was still in water.