Ag station records lowest-ever yields

The Emo Agricultural Research Station will be closing for the season this week.
I finally finished all my data and took it off to be copied. The reports will be available from me or Emo Feed this week.
I encourage everyone to ask questions about the trials since time always is a factor. And there is more information that I feel should be included in the report but I just don’t have the time to input it all.
Not only was 2014 tied for the coldest year and the record wettest year, but we have never seen such low yields, as well.
The hailstorm in early July damaged our forages so badly that our yields were at their lowest. Then because of the late timing of first cut (because of weather), we harvested second cut earlier than necessary, which resulted in lower-than-normal second-cut yields.
Cereal grains were low because of the lack of heat and moisture—and this is tiled land! And it’s the first time since we started to grow soybeans that we had such disappointing yields.
At first we were thinking the later planting date caused this. But if you look at the weather, it was the lack of heat that was the factor for low yields, small seed, and very un-uniform seeds.
Still, it is much better for these results to show up at the research station than on a farm. A year like this is very hard on farm profitability.
Seed, fuel, and fertilizer all are very high inputs and with low yields, it often is difficult to cover all those expenses–never mind your time! But as a farmer, we always look for a better year next year–and we continue on.
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We missed the “Holly Daze” parade this year but I’ve heard from many that it was wonderful!
I was off to Thunder Bay and since the girls had other plans, we didn’t rush home. We hope we will be better organized and be back for next year.
Everything is so much more enjoyable if you participate and become involved.
Emo also had great weather for the weekend of fun.
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James, our manager at the Stratton sales barn, has been busy putting together loads of animals together and shipping them our through our barn.
This is more revenue for the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association and it’s great that we are using our facilities more frequently.
The cow numbers that have been leaving our district are big-and it concerns me. High cattle prices certainly are encouraging, but we also are much quicker to sell.
Cattle numbers are at all-time low in our country and we all should be concerned about this.
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All along, as everyone has been busy chatting about the great cattle prices, I’ve been feeling a bit reserved. Mainly because of our tractor being broke down and I knew it was going to be expensive to fix.
But without a tractor, you can’t do much, either.
Well, the bill has arrived–and it’s a big one. I’m not much of a Christmas shopper but I certainly will be doing less this year.
I just have to keep reminding myself: “But the tractor is working!”