Busy week at ag station

My summer students had a very busy week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, getting lots of seeds weighed, packaged, and in the ground.
We actually worked on some of the more time-consuming trials that have been ongoing for a few years. It is nice to get them off the list as they take up a fair amount of time even though they are not big trials.
We then switched our drill over and planted some canola. It might be a little too early for canola, but my thought was that it is pretty dry and it sure hasn’t been very warm, so it likely won’t germinate for a while anyway.
We still have plenty of ground to cover but we seem to always get it all filled in.
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We still have a few white spruce and red pine seedlings for sale, which cost $5 per bundle of 20.
Thanks to all who have come quickly and picked up their trees—and those who sometimes patiently wait for us to notice you at the station.
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After I had been praising my old Red Bull for being respectful of fences and such, he decided to pay a visit to the cows that are awaiting embryos.
Luckily I was home and quickly removed him before much damage was done!
He tried to escape once after that and so we decided to give him a reminder of the electric fence, and that has calmed him down.
These big animals are great when then respect things, but are hard to look after if they don’t.
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I ended up catching the cold that everyone seems to be getting and had to miss a few meetings last week. I even stayed home for work most of one day, but then when the sun popped out, I thought I best go and plant.
My list is long right now and being sick didn’t help it much.
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The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture hosted its annual spring dinner on Friday (the same day Jeff Teeple celebrated his 30th birthday!)
It was a very nice evening, but it is a bit sad that this event has become so small. This used to be largely attended function!
I wonder what we can do to rejuvenate this event? If you have any suggestions, please get in touch with the RRFA board.
I remember watching many farm couples dance the night away. Is it just that everyone is too busy nowadays?
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Congratulations to Kerry Hyatt, daughter of Shawn and Tracy who is now living and working in Alberta, for being accepted into the Cattlemen’s Young Leader Development Program, which provides industry-specific training and mentorship to assist the beef industry into the future.
Kerry will be given a combination of formal and informal opportunities to learn from existing beef cattle industry leaders and other youth organizations undertaking mentorship opportunities (you must be aged 18-35 to participate in the program).
We wish Kerry the very best and are proud to have a Rainy River District native at the table of such an exciting program!
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I hope to see everyone at Margie and Murray Gemmell’s farm auction this Saturday (May 12).