Most anxious to get planting

The sun finally has arrived—and everyone is anxious to get on the land and get some seed into the ground.
I was able to start cultivating Friday. And it was great for the most part!
My summer students are starting this week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station—and they are going to get tossed into a very busy time! I was hoping to get back into the station over the weekend but that just didn’t work out.
I know many think it is too early to be planting, but the black soil is quite warm and we all worry about what will happen with our weather.
Here in Rainy River District, you can go from early to late quickly if the rain decided to come and not leave quick enough. The nights still are cool but the seed in the ground will be fine.
I think it’s still too early for corn or soybeans but cereals are just fine.
You can watch for our little white stakes to be appearing this week at the research station, though we still seed to weigh and, as a matter of fact, some seed hasn’t even arrived yet!
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My little farm helpers were out for the weekend and they had to work quite hard on Saturday.
We boostered our yearlings and calves, then sorted everyone out and got the bulls out.
I debated about waiting until next weekend but Saturday is booked with the 4-H “Discovery Day,” so that only would leave one farm day.
The girls really did have to work and I think at the end of day were pretty tired out. A few tense moments with cows that wouldn’t move quickly, or calves that were trying to get away from us, made for some interesting conversations afterwards.
Marlee explained her mom just doesn’t want her hearing words like that, but Maddie quickly said, “Momma would say them, too, if the cows were being stubborn!”
We just had to remind each other once again that “what happens in the country, stays in the country!”
We later celebrated our long day of work with a bonfire and wiener roast.
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I have to say thank you to all of you who completed the RRCA survey and returned it. We really appreciated hearing from everyone and will review all the comments.
If you still are interested in completing one, let me know and I will get one to you.
Or if you see Missy at Emo Feed, I left her a few, as well.
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We have decided the deadline to enter our soybean crop challenge will be June 15. We have an entry form for you to complete, and we also will need your $25 entry fee.
If things go well this year, we will plan to expand the challenge and include other crops, as well.
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Many of you have been calling and asking how Fisher is doing. He is in very good spirits and his radiation will be completed this week.
He will be home from Thunder Bay near the end of the week and will begin chemo in Fort Frances.
He is happy to hear from everyone so please don’t be shy about contacting him!
We wish him and his family all the best as they go through this difficult time.
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Just a quick reminder, now the it seems spring finally has sprung, that there will be lots of farm equipment on local roads.
These hard-working people feed the world. Please slow down and use caution on the roads to keep our farmers safe!
It’s that time of the year again so be patient, be respectful, and be thankful.
If getting behind a tractor for a few minutes is the worst thing that happens to you today, you’re living pretty well.

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