Research station work winding up

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 Forage Harvester still was not working properly. It sounds like it is a major breakdown and we will have to look at what our options are.
We were close to being finished, but not quite. I just need it to be fixed for later this fall when we tackle our bio-mass trials.
Meanwhile, I plan to finish baling our plots this week and I can move into spraying Round Up before plowing. I’m not sure what to think about plowing; it might be quite difficult due to the dryness of the ground.
The soybeans are showing signs they are beginning to dry down, so I’m sure by mid-September they will be ready to go.
Alas, the deer are really playing havoc in our carrot plots. They are digging them up even with netting on top of them now.
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I forgot to mention last week that Mike and Betty Zimmerman were honoured at the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s annual fall fair in Emo last week for all their years of dedication and contributions.
I was asked to make a small presentation to them at the beginning of the 4-H show on Saturday morning. Ted had told me a few stories that I shared with the audience.
Ted said that growing up, the fair was a big event for their entire family. He recalled that one year Mike had built a rack on top of one of their hay wagons to haul the cattle out to the fair.
Unfortunately, he had a breakdown on his way. But word travelled in Emo, and the other exhibitors went out and helped Mike get his cattle in. The wagon was pulled to town with the tractor that Ted has restored and has been proudly showing off in the parade each year.
He also mentioned that often Mike would get the kids and Betty to the fair and then often would have to return home and combine, do chores, or whatever was going on at that time of the year.
And many times Betty simply would pull up a stool and milk the cows that were being shown at the Emo Fair.
Harold Kellar, the current president of the RRVAS, was present and awarded Mike and Betty with a framed logo you see on all its material.
We thank Mike and Betty for all their years of participation in our fall fair, and we are happy that their children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren are continuing this tradition.
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The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association held the first of its fall sales this past Saturday and we had 1,001 head. Things went well, with pretty good prices seen across the board.
The sale grossed $1,033,616.06.
We had a few busy days prior to the sale with some software upgrades, etc., and we were a bit nervous since it seems making changes can cause you more headaches, but things went well the day of the sale and we balanced right to the penny.
We always are looking for workers for the sales, so if you are willing to work hard for a few days, please let me know! We need some staff both in the office and in the yard.
Our next sale is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 and we are excited to be a part of a project that will offer our cattle for sale live across the Internet!
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The Rainy River Hereford Association is planning a cattle tour across the district for Saturday, Sept. 8, which will feature all cattle (not just Herefords!)
The Hereford Association also will supply lunch and supper. Watch for all the details!

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