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.
I purposely plant a block of sunflowers hoping we can encourage the birds to stay in that area and they did, and for the first time they cleaned up the entire head of the sunflower plant!
I seemed to have discouraged the geese by chasing them every morning with my truck (so if you’ve seen me speeding across the field, that is what I was up to!)
Meanwhile, we finally received our winter wheat trial–19 varieties—and got it planted. It is much later than what we would like to see, but I guess we will see what happens with this late-seeding date.
I still have some forages to tackle at EARS—and we haven’t even thought about all the fall work yet!
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We rushed around and square-baled a bit of second cut Saturday. I was short on help and joked with my helpers (my mom, dad, and Marlee) that they either are too old or too young!
Still, Marlee was really a big help all weekend. She manhandled square bales, helped get all the cows and calves home, and was the weight recorder as we weighed all our calves.
A quick glance at the paperwork looked like it will be a sheet that I’ll want to keep, with some of the numbers written backwards, but pretty darn good for only being six years old.
When we dropped Marlee back off in town, she was a tired little farm girl. But she was pretty sure that her muscles were bigger from all the work she did over the weekend.
I’d still like to possibly cut a bit more hay at home, but will have to wait and see if the weather will hold again. It takes a lot longer to dry at this time of the year and you hate seeing nice hay getting rained on over and over again.
Fall is a busy time on the farm, of course, and everyone is feeling stressed with our mixed-up season and shortage of daylight hours now.
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The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting its largest cattle sale of the year this Saturday (Oct. 4), starting at 9 a.m. at the Stratton sales barn.
It is a noisy time of the year as many of us with early-born calves are weaning them and selling.
Weaning means we are taking the calves away from their mother. And even though they should welcome a break after raising these big calves, both are pretty sad for a few days.
I try to distract my cows by saving some nice green grass for them, but they will spend their fair share of time looking and calling for their babies.
If you have any spare time, come on down to Stratton on Saturday and check out the sale! Everyone is welcome.

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