Hope our summer isn’t over

I hope our summer isn’t over already but the forecast sure isn’t looking all that summer-like.
Although many people thought we were too dry, last week should have ended most of those fears. On Friday, for instance, my girls had our big work truck stuck out in our tile drained field at the Emo Agricultural Research Station.
I let them tackle that on their own and they came in successfully unstuck–but with a nasty knot in the rope.
I’m not certain things are working properly with our tile yet; it was reasonable dry and we still ended up with some nasty flooded areas after our 55 mm of rain.
Some plots that were not germinated were completely flooded out, so I still don’t feel very confident in planting stuff near the back of the station.
We checked the outlet and it was running pretty good, but there is something not right yet.
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I normally aim to get my grass cut every weekend. But with our on and off again weather this past weekend, I was unsuccessful in getting it completed.
There is nothing worse than having some cut and some not. But I cannot leave it all week or it will require the discbine to cut it.
I have a busy schedule this week, so I was hoping to finish a bit after work Monday before my meetings.
I was disappointed to find some missing flowers in my yard. I wasn’t sure who blame until I discovered some lambs that figured a way to escape.
I wasn’t impressed at all. The flowers are having a hard enough time to take off, never mind having these little brats trimming them.
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We had a great prime rib dinner for Father’s Day at my place. We had enough people over that we had to set up a second table that Maddie, Marlee, and I sat at.
We were discussing how good the meat tasted. I made the comment that if were out at a restaurant, this would have been a very expensive meal.
“Well, because we are eating our won meat, it is a lot cheaper,” Marlee said. But Maddie quickly piped up: “Marlee, it isn’t cheaper because it is expensive to get it to this, you know!”
I smiled and thought, wow, these girls are really getting it! The discussion was a lot longer than this, but bottom line it made my day that they really are learning about farming!
I do hope everyone was able to spend time with their dads over the weekend and take time to show some appreciation for all they do for us!
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The Rainy River Soil & Crop Improvement Association is hosting its crop challenge once again this year.
The decision was made to use oats this season.
If you have five acres of oats and would like to enter, you can get in touch with either me, John Sawatzky, or Jamie Beal. There is a simple one-page form and a $25 fee to enter.
The association’s directors will come out and measure your bin to determine yield while I will measure test weight and kernel weight.
It really is a lot of fun so consider joining in. The deadline to enter is July 1.
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Just a quick reminder to get your “Catch the Ace” tickets! This is a weekly draw and we appreciate everyone who has been playing along with us.
On Friday night, Kathy Gibson was the lucky weekly winner. She had chosen envelope #9, which contained the six of diamonds. As such, the progressive pot is nearing $3,000 now.
Tickets cost $2 each and you have really good odds of winning. And best of all, the money raised stays right here in our district!
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The annual Canada Day Cash Lottery, in support of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, is in its finally two weeks of sales.
There aren’t a whole lot of tickets remaining so you best get yours sooner than later. You have 20 chances to win this year in honour of the Foundation’s 20th anniversary.
As well, the money raised all stays in support of health care at all four district facilities.