Well, the summer weather certainly is continuing here. My final week with a student at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) was busy but we managed to complete our grain harvest and get all our samples in. We also tried to finish our forage work—only to find our Swift Current […]

Well, another Emo Fair has come and gone! And what a beautiful weekend it was. We did have a few brief showers Saturday afternoon, but it just helped to keep the dust down. Meanwhile, temperatures were near perfect, which seems to make the cattle perform much better. This year we […]

Well, here we are—Emo Fair week! The sad part of that is the fact that fall soon follows. August for me really passes by quickly. I spend most of the time stressing that I don’t have stuff ready for the fair! My BFF tells me I need to priorize and […]

Wow, this month is already a week old! Time seems to fly by once the fall season starts. Our plot forage harvester broke down about two hours from being finished all our second cut and haylage/silage trials. We are hoping that we will have it back this week and finish […]

Hopefully everyone has received some of the rain that fell across the district over the past week. I know the amounts tend to vary. Last Thursday, for instance, we received six mm here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station while my home got 48 mm. And on Monday, EARS had […]

Last week I was in Owen Sound for the Ontario Cattlemen’s summer meeting and we actually met with the board and staff from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, as well. We are dry here in Rainy River, but things were even worse there. For the most part, the entire province is […]

It certainly looks like we will have some combining to do in the month of July as the barley is ripening quickly. We will hold off harvesting anything, though, until after our open house next Thursday evening (July 26). It looks as though the second cut of the alfalfa will […]

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 […]

The drier spring is sure showing negative results in the hay fields across the district. People are reporting a third- to a half-less hay. Many are trying to secure hay from other sources in order to keep their cow herds stable. Funny how things change so quickly here; the last […]

It looks like the weather is shaping up to be a great week! I am hoping to tackle some of my haying. I am nervous about some of our fields—there doesn’t appear to be a lot of hay. I tend to worry about that sort of thing but I am […]

The Rainy River Regional Abattoir is hosting its annual meeting next Wednesday (June 20) at 7 p.m. at the abattoir. Please take the time to attend as the abattoir is in need of more business! It is a brand new, very expensive building and it we don’t use it, we […]