Summer went far too quickly

And just like that it’s September!
Our late spring, coupled with not the greatest of weather, certainly has been the cause of a summer that disappeared much too quickly.
Both my students are now officially gone and back to school. Lucas and Nick were super students and I’m hoping they enjoyed their summer enough that they’ll consider returning to the Emo Agricultural Research Station next year.
Lucas and I tried to tackle the oat performance trial before he left last week with only troubles. The straw is still so green that we just ended up plugging the machine.
I really debated on struggling through it, but with my luck I would have broken something and our little combine isn’t the easiest thing to repair. So it looks like I’ll have to hire some short-term help, or else rely on my family and friends, to help me finish things off here at EARS.
Unfortunately, these last few rains have left things pretty darn wet–so the plot work is on hold for a few days.
To date, we have had 484 mm of rain (or 19 inches) so far this summer. And despite the last few weeks of great weather, we’re still behind on Corn Heat Units (we are at 2,016).
We normally would accumulate around 250 from now until the middle of September, which still will leave us below normal.
I’m hoping it stays beautiful. It will make it much better for the corn and soybeans in the district.
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I had some more out-of-town guests that I toured around our district last week.
The president of Ontario Cattlemen’s Association, Dan Darling, along with OCA executive director Dave Stewart and board member Matt Bowman, were here to see if there is room to grow the cattle industry in the north.
I also had a former summer student from the early 1990s stop in for a visit–Stacey Chudobiak.
She has lived in London, Ont. for a number of years, but we have stayed in contact since her summers here and she still tells me it was her best job!
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The Hyatts hosted a wonderful celebration over the weekend in Burriss when Jeff Hyatt, son of Shawn and Tracy Hyatt, married Lauren Steyn right on the farm.
Shawn, Tracy, family, and friends had things decorated and organized beautifully, and everyone had a great time. The weather tried to put a damper on things but it didn’t work.
The barn was decorated and converted into the best saloon around!
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The next big “country” event is the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s fundraising night on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Emo Arena.
This year’s theme is “Cowboys & Lace!”
It will be a fun evening of dinner, drinks, dancing, and entertainment. Ryan Parisien of NDC will be preparing a gourmet chuckwagon dinner.
Health care is important to each and every one of us so book your seat today!
Call 274-4803 to buy a ticket or, if you have a group of eight, book an entire table. I sure hope to see all of my country friends there!
Proceeds will support the purchase of a replacement mechanical lift at the Emo Health Centre and an IV pump for the Rainy River Health Centre.