Finally able to start planting

Yay—the warm weather has arrived. Funny how we can go from 10 degrees to 90 in no time at all!
No complaint at all but it is quite an adjustment.
I finally was able to do some field work at the Emo Agricultural Research Station late on Thursday. It was far from perfect but given time is ticking, I decided to push it a bit.
Of course, here at EARS there a multiple steps we have to complete before we can start putting seed in the ground.
Finally, at the end of the day on Friday, we had the fertilizer spread, land worked, and lines placed for planting. But it was the end of the day and I need two people for planting!
Thankfully, my boyfriend/partner agreed to help me plant for the evening and then again on Saturday.
I had two more trials that I would have liked to plant before quitting, but I could tell I was pushing my luck so we headed home. It still was a good chunk that we had in the ground.
Hoping the weather co-operates this week and we will have our “important” seed in the ground.
Meanwhile, many farm fields remain sticky, and it is likely only those with tiled land or well-drained fields who have managed to get some seed in the ground.
Being this time of the year, everyone gets in a rush and it causes a lot of stress for everyone.
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Cattle are anxious to get on grass but I’m trying to hold them back at least another week. I’m hoping the grass will grow lots this week and I still have some fencing to do.
Everything is happening at once now that the weather is better and the list is long—and I seem to get tired quicker now.
I managed to get another section of sheep fence finished and I let them out on grass on Sunday. They were happy, but it sure looks like a lot of sheep when I saw them out grazing!
I think Maddie and Marlee are going to have to cut their sheep herd back!
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The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture once again is hosting an all-candidates’ meeting this Thursday (May 29) beginning at 8 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way in Stratton.
Be sure to come out and meet the candidates, and get a better understanding of their platforms.
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The Rainy River Regional Abattoir Committee will host its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapple Hall.
I’m looking forward to a great turnout!
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Local Food Week is quickly approaching (June 2-8).
Everyone is challenged to eat as much local food as possible—have a barbecue, invited your friends over, and cook local food! Do your best to make use of our local food and promote it whenever you have a chance!
I’m proud to say that I have two friends, once vegetarians, who now are eating my locally-raised beef!
Spread the work and, more importantly, enjoy the taste of food less-travelled!

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