Soybean yields looking good

We are very pleased that all the plowing has been completed at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS)!
I’ve also finished all the data for the cereal trials but haven’t started on the forages yet. I have two project reports that I’m working on currently, so my time is pretty much all in front of the computer.
I soon will have a summary for everyone but I can say I was really pleased with our soybean yields!
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My mom and I managed to vaccinate and de-worm all of the cows and bulls with little issue at all.
We decided to run the cows through our maternity pen rather than the handling facility since the maternity pen was much drier and easier on all of us (this way we didn’t have to worry about losing our boots!)
We also let our new ram, “Willie,” out to start making us some lambs for next spring.
The livestock really have been enjoying our great weather last week, as well—and I don’t blame them. The sun feels great and we don’t have the bugs!
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The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture hosted a wonderful fall dinner and meeting on Nov. 7.
Congratulations to Bernie Zimmerman, who has returned as chair of this organization.
But they still are in need of one director so if you have one night a month to spare, please get in touch with Bernie.
Tony Elders did a wonderful presentation on the Rainy River District Stewardship Council and all the benefits of having this group in our district.
The RRFA, meanwhile, decided to reinstate the annual Bill Gibson Award and revamped some of the criteria. Marg Irvine was the well-deserved recipient.
Marg was long-time farmer before moving to Emo after her best friend and partner (Syd) passed away. They had a big passion for Black Angus cattle but shipped cream for a number of years, as well.
Marg was involved with many farm groups, working at the sales barn for many years, as well as the Rainy River Cattle Breeders, RRFA, and many other jobs/committees that would come up and she would take on.
She also really enjoyed the stock dog club that was active a few years back–and border collies likely are her favourite breed of dog.
When Marg moved to Emo, she gave her heart and soul to the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir and without her dedication, we wouldn’t have made it this far.
She spent so much time there that we often would joke about her working for about $1 per hour.
She decided to “retire” from the abattoir nearly a year ago and now works pretty much seven days a week at Rainy River Meats.
Agriculture has played a huge role in her life—we are just lucky she lived here and we got to benefit from all that she has done!
The RRFA chose a wonderful person to honour. Congratulations, Marg, it is well-deserved!
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The Rainy River Soil and Crop Improvement Association is hosting its annual meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Emo Inn.
You might want to mark that one down—they have some great speakers lined up.
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I had a couple of young farmers from southern Ontario visit EARS last week. They were up here touring and exploring our great District, and looking for farmland.
If you have —or know of—any farmland for sale, it would be great if you could let me know. We try as much as possible to keep an up-to-date list of this for people who are looking.
I would be happy to pass along their phone numbers if you would like to touch base with them, as well.
Northern Ontario looks quite attractive with land prices in southern Ontario around $15,000-$20,000 per acre! And agriculture in Northwestern Ontario is one of the best-kept secrets!

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