Recent rains a bonus

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 received 18 mm and home 33 mm.
But neither amount certainly won’t hurt anything–and it will be a bonus for our pastures and second-cut hay fields.
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The annual Rainy River Soil and Crop Association’s tour went great last week, with some interesting stops and a few more bodies taking part.
North End Farms had some great-looking wheat and soybeans (both conventional and organic), and has a big tile drainage project going on.
The Krahn family farm also had some great-looking corn and has completed another 100 or so acres of tile drainage. This will ensure they can continue to grow corn close to the main farm location, but still be able to rotate crops properly.
We also were planning to look at some of their alfalfa blocks, but about that time the rain came pouring down.
We then headed off to Stratton to visit the McNabbs’ corn field. They have both silage and grain corn, and it seems to be doing very well again this year.
Since the weather wasn’t co-operating, we did a quick drive-by of Bill Romyn’s soybeans and they look like they are having a good year, too.
Despite the dry year, we have some good-looking crops in Rainy River District but I’m not sure we will have top yields. Seed weights tend to be light in a dry year.
Meanwhile, thank you to everyone who made it out for our open house at EARS last Thursday evening. The weather certainly was a bit sketchy but by shortly after 7 p.m., the sun was shining and we had a great night.
Thanks for all the compliments I received after the tour on how good the station looks; it is certainly nice to hear this.
Like I mentioned at the open house, I’m lucky to have two great students!
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A reminder that Aug. 4 is Food Day Canada. Started nine years ago, it’s an annual mid-summer celebration of our tremendous agriculture industry.
It originally was known as “The World’s Longest Barbecue.”
Food Day Canada is a yearly reminder of what can be achieved when farmers, food producers, retailers, and restaurants come together to deliver safe, high-quality Canadian food to families across the country and around the world.
We are encouraged to join in on the party on Aug. 4 and have a Canadian meal at home or out. There actually are 300 restaurants across Canada that are showcasing a special all-Canadian’s menu on Food Day Canada.
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If you have a few hours you’d be willing to spare this Thursday (Aug. 2), we are planning a work bee at the Stratton sales barn for 6 p.m.
Everyone is more than welcome, and we will tackle a few jobs on our list.
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My boyfriend/partner and I were lucky to enjoy another great boat ride and great company this past Sunday!
We met our friends, Bob and Nancy, in Morson and they boated us up to Nestor Falls for dinner. It was too hot to work but a great day for a boat ride.
The trip was quick but very scenic.
We certainly have some beautiful country here in Rainy River District and I hope everyone takes the time to get out and enjoy it once in a while!