First cut of forages planned

Here we are the middle of June and our plan is to start our first cut of forages this week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station.
The older alfalfa stands are not looking that great but we will measure yield anyway.
Since we are tiling at the station this fall, and we have a new tractor with a cab and a heater, it will be a great year to work up these depleted plots.
We were happy to get the heat last week because we were able to get back into our plots and get some much-needed work done. But we also had to re-think how we trimmed our trials back and I had to fall back on the older method rather than my new plan.
The weather just made it too hard and the crops were too far advanced.
The barley is showing signs from the wet but the other crops are looking decent. The grass weeds are loving the conditions but I’m hoping to have that all under control, as well.
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We’ve had lots of visitors stopping in to see our new tractors here at EARS! Unfortunately, the cab tractor has been out at Nussbaumer’s machine shop trying to get our plow ready for the fall.
The plow was purchased for us after we moved to our Emo site in 1990 but our tractor wasn’t able to pull the third bottom, so it was removed. Now, alas, we cannot find it anywhere (our building doesn’t have any hiding places and it isn’t something that you would just hide anywhere).
If anyone can remind me of what might have happened to this, I greatly would appreciate hearing from you!
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My cattle at home seemed to be a bit more settled this week. Not sure whether it is because the bear isn’t hanging around so close or the weather changed and the grass has dried up some.
Of course, now fly season is upon us and they are starting to huddle up (usually when the grass gets good, so do the bugs!)
I went down to check the cattle at Nanny’s the other night and as I drove in to her yard, I spotted a calf lying down.
I thought to myself, “That calf looks dead,” but not really thinking it was. Unfortunately, yup, dead calf.
I have no clue what happened–it actually looked like he just laid down and went to sleep.
It seems when cattle prices climb, cattle die for no apparent reason.
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I was able to take my “farm hands”—Maddie and Marlee—to the Pine River Ranch livestock equipment dispersal sale on Saturday.
I wasn’t sure how they would like being at the sale all day but they quite enjoyed it and spent most of the time telling me what I should buy.
They spotted a little feeder that we could use for the sheep as soon as we walked in and thankfully we were able to buy it!
Marlee also was determined to buy a water tank–she was thinking it would make a great pool. I told her I didn’t have enough money but she thought maybe I could just use my “devit” (debit) card.
“It’s really easy,” she told me.
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I certainly hope everyone will take some time and come to the Rainy River Regional Abattoir meeting this Thursday (June 18) at 7:30 p.m. at the Barwick Hall.
Everyone has lots of opinions on what should be happening with the facility so please come share some information!
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Jack Kyle, the pasture specialist with OMAFRA, is coming next week for a tour. Please join us on Monday (June 22) at 6:30 p.m. at the community pasture.
Jack also will be available to visit on Tuesday if you would like to see him at your farm (just let me or Gary Sliworsky know).
Jack is a great guy and it will be worth your time to come and visit with him at the community pasture. He is quite excited to see our new pasture and we are excited to show it to him!