EARS swamped by rain

Well, I started off the week a bit stressed as I was heading to Sarnia and leaving a whole lot of work behind.
Little did I know we would have enough rain that I likely could have stayed away for another week!
Many of you might have seen the river that accumulated at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. We ended up with eight inches of rain last week–six of which fell between Wednesday and Thursday alone.
My students were sending my pictures but I decided I shouldn’t have been telling all my friends in southern Ontario that I was very happy with our plots and that our soybeans actually were looking better than theirs!
That was a complete jinx on my part.
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Earl and Joanne Clydesdale picked me up at the airport last week and gave me a wonderful tour of their stomping grounds. They are experiencing a wetter and cooler year than normal but things still looked pretty impressive.
Earl and Joanne are the proud grandparents of many but Rebecca and Garnet Cornell are the two Rainy River grandkids. Now another grandson is living here in Rainy River District (Earl).
They are proud that Earl has ventured up here but they do miss him!
Their tour included some great historical information on the industry that surrounded their border town, as well. We passed by many farms but none of them were on gravel roads–their secondary roads are paved (envious).
I was attending the Beef Farmers of Ontario summer meeting and Lambton County did a wonderful job of hosting this annual event.
I’m working on having this summer event here in Rainy River District. We have a lot to show off and it would be great for everyone to travel across this great big province!
Besides the meeting portion, we also did some farm tours. I was at two feedlots, both of which bring their cattle in from Manitoba. One lot had 2,003 head while the other 1,800 head.
They all are under a roof and were very pretty much finished. They were very impressive!
It was amazing to see this many animals all under a roof when we are more used to seeing cattle spread out across the green grass.
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I was hoping to rush home and make some hay, but I’ll be lucky if I get back on the fields by the end of this week. Instead, I rushed home to attend the “Harmony of Nations” Music Festival in Fort Frances.
I was a bit late on Friday night but I tell you if you didn’t attend, you really missed out. The music was incredible! Both local talent and the headline artists were awesome.
The volunteers and organizers should be very proud of what a tremendous show they hosted.
I do think this eventually will be a sold-out event so be sure to plan on attending next year. You won’t be disappointed.
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One of the local groups I had the pleasure of listening to was “The Wild Horses,” who are a group of talented individuals from Northwest Bay.
They also are playing this Friday (July 24) from 9-11 p.m. at the Naicatchewenin First Nation community centre.
This is their pow-wow weekend so it will be worth the drive to go and check it out.
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A reminder the open house at the Emo Agricultural Research Station is set for next Wednesday (July 29) starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
I promise good food and visits–but won’t promise anything about the weather or plots.
The Rainy River Soil and Crop Association also will hold its annual field day next Wednesday.
The tour will start at 9:30 a.m. at EARS.

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