September busy time for farmers

Here we go moving right into the middle of September! We always talk about how quickly the month of August disappears but I think the same can be said about September.
We have a jam-packed list so the days rush right on by.
A good number of farmers are a part of Twitter these days and I find comfort in reading everyone’s post about the long list of work to be accomplished before the next season arrives. I’m lucky because my dad (when he’s not busy) will come and haul a load or two of manure.
If I was rich, I would pay him to stay home and work every day but this is not the case.
I was considering taking a couple days off work this week and do a few jobs at home during the day instead of just having the short evening. But now the weather is looking unstable so we will see.
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Saturday was a busy day on the farm–“Evan” the alpaca was castrated. We were lucky that because of being able to restrain him comfortably, we didn’t have to knock him right out (it was easier on both him and the vet).
This spring when the alpacas were sheared, we were taught how to restrain them so this came in very handy on Saturday.
“Evan” is doing well and we are happy to have that off our list.
My boyfriend/partner, along with Maddie and Marlee, helped bale straw the rest of the day. It was a long day. We had a few problems but the straw now safely is stowed in the barn ready for calving and lambing.
Since we worked so hard on Saturday, we promised the girls a “Sunday Funday.” The girls wanted a tee-pee so we took the morning and built them one (they already have a perfectly-great playhouse but this was on their list).
It turned out great. We hope they get a chance to play in it but hockey already has started so their free time is limited.
The girls had plans to get the horse out and do some photo-shooting. I make a calendar every year for their parents and grandparent for Christmas, so the girls always are thinking of some neat ideas for photos.
This was a double bonus: pictures and horseback riding.
So my deck is only partially stained but it will wait, right?
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We still are working on our hop harvest at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (we have a lot of hops!)
As well, because of the frost last week, we started our dry bean harvest. Alas, they haven’t had a great year. Germination wasn’t great but then the drought didn’t help and then an early frost!
We will continue to get them in but I won’t be setting any record yields.
Our soybeans likely are close to harvest, as well, but it likely will be put off until next week when I hire my fall help.
Some farms actually are harvesting soybeans already–this is about two weeks early. Last year, we were waiting on a frost before we could get going!
I sure hope winter doesn’t arrive early just because everything else is happening ahead of schedule.
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I am very excited that Chapple is hosting a hazardous waste pickup day on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the municipal garage.
This day is for all residents of Rainy River District. They are taking old paint, sharps, pesticides, etc. Call 487-2354 if you have any questions.
The busier the day is, the better it will be! So be sure to get rid of all this old stuff that should not make its way to the landfill-ever!

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