No complaints about hot weather

Our summer weather continues—and it sure feels good. I certainly have no complaints about these hot temperatures.
I frequently get asked, “Do you tan?” No, I don’t, but I ride a tractor daily.
As such, I have a horrible farmer’s tan (the back side of me is white since the sun doesn’t reach the back side of your legs on a tractor!)
And yes, I do wear sunscreen. But by the end of a long, sweaty day, I’m not sure how effective it is. And re-applying isn’t that enjoyable with layers of dust and grit.
I’m just going to keep enjoying every day of this weather, anyway.
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We are at the stage of preparing for our open house here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) on Thursday, July 26.
We have lots of tilling, weeding, and fixing to do beforehand, however, the crops are doing quite well despite the lack of moisture.
The second-cut alfalfa is coming along quite nicely, for instance, but I’m not sure about some of the other forages.
Alfalfa and its long tap root do quite well in drought situations.
We also will have some barley that we likely will be combining by the end of this month.
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Haying is continuing at home, meanwhile, and I’m now cutting the last of our fields. It is looking like my dad is starting to feel better and my mom was going to give raking a try.
I might be able to speed things up a little. It is looking like I’ll certainly be short of hay, but not sure just how much until we have a final total of all our bales.
Looks like it will be a good year to unload any cow that isn’t doing her job!
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I’m still battling sore feet in the cows right now. I did end up bringing some of them in and needling them.
I don’t like to do this, but they are not getting over it and I don’t like seeing them suffer in the bugs and heat.
The challenge is needling them multiple times–once they know what you are doing, they don’t co-operate to great!
I’m certainly considering a footrot vaccine for another year!
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I attended the “Summer Musical Revue” at Cornell Farms over the weekend and what an amazing bunch of talent we have right here in our district! There wasn’t one bad performance.
For those that made it, what a treat. For those who didn’t, you missed a great night.
Best of luck to all the performers with all your continued entertaining plans. I am proud to be able to say I’ve seen you all perform!
Of course, Shannon and Garnet hold a very special place for me!
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Little Rox has her obedience test this week. I can’t help but feel sorry for her since currently there is very little time to practise other than an odd “just wait” or “stay” when we are breezing in and out of the house!
Hopefully, she will do all right and we can continue to work with her as she grows and we have a bit more spare time.
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A very special happy fourth birthday wish to the twins in Dryden, Charlie and Levi!
It’s off to school this year!

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