Open house, crop tour tomorrow

This is the week that we work hard to make things presentable!
Our open house and crop tour is this Thursday. I really hope you are considering coming and exploring the district and our plots.
We have a bunch of guests coming for the University of Guelph and Ministry of Ag & Food. The vice-president of research will be here! This is a big deal.
At one point, I thought the weather was going to be in our favour and we were having many sunny days, and everyone was making hay and then the rain came. Everyone is just getting going again after the rain delay.
I hope that you will make some time to attend this Thursday so we can show to the officials what a great bunch of supporters EARS has.
Our crops are looking okay, but I think the cooler spring has made a lasting impression. The soil and crop tour will start here at EARS at 9 a.m. were we will meet to start off on our district visit.
Our plan is to be in a pasture field at John Sawatzky’s by 9:30 a.m. Sebastian Belliard, the soil management specialist, will go over a soil profile with us.
Soil health is important no matter what you are growing–so we are looking forward to good discussion.
We will stop in Barwick at the park for our lunch (bring your own lunch) around 11:30 a.m.
From there we will make our way over to Peter and Stefan Gerber’s to look at canola. Peter and Stefan are new and young grain growers in the district. We are hoping to be there at approximately 12:30 p.m.
We will then aim to be at Conrad Martin’s at 1:30 p.m. Conrad just purchased his own farm and is growing soybean for the first time.
At 2:45 p.m., we will visit with Calvin Krahn who has returned to the district to grain farm. He has some really good-looking soybean we will visit.
At 3:15 p.m., we will visit with Philip Krahn who debates back and forth whether he should stay in beef cattle or grain farm full time.
He has an excellent barley field we will see. The tour will adjourn until 7:00 p.m. where I hope to see you all at our open house at EARS.
It sure is exciting to list all these young producers that are growing their farms right here in Rainy River District!
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Last week I was off to Waterloo to attend the Beef Farmers of Ontario summer meeting.
As always, I stress about taking the time off from haying, but the weather didn’t cooperate, so I didn’t miss much.
Our meeting was located right at the St. Jacob’s Square. This is a large farmers’ market.
Our agenda was packed too full that we didn’t get to attend.
Despite their extremely wet spring, they were looking for a bit of rain last week and they were getting some spotty showers.
They had some good-looking crops and some that haven’t been in the ground that long.
Some farmers never finished planting, but they had to quick because the calendar date was just too late to expect any yield or maturity.
In many ways, Rainy River was having a better year.
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If you were in Emo on Friday afternoon you may have noticed a plane flying in. It was MPP Greg Rickford who made a quick visit to present a Local Food Champion Award to the Rainy River Regional Abattoir.
The Rainy River Regional Abattoir is now operating Rainy River Meats as well.
Despite thing going quite well, unless we can figure out a way to lower our tax bill, we may not be in operation at all.
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If you happen to run into Ted Zimmerman, be sure to wish him a “Happy birthday!”
Ted is celebrating his 65th birthday!

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