Time to get some heat

I think everyone gets tired of me complaining about the weather but this is getting ridiculous.
We all thought last year was terrible but after updating my weather summary, I found that we actually are worse off than last year.
My weather chart starts in 2000 and this May was our second-coldest month since then and second-wettest (2004 was the only year that was colder and wetter).
We only collected 41 CHU this past May when normal is somewhere in the 300s. Normal rainfall for May is 67.3 mm (2.6 inches) but this year we received 212.5 mm (8.5 inches).
Plain and simple–we need heat and plenty of it!
And please don’t tell me “Well, we could use a little bit of rain.” We typically don’t receive a little bit of rain here–we get inches at a time. And we don’t need rain when you can’t even walk across your lawn without rubber boots on.
With all the rain, we’ll also likely end up with a good crop of bugs (I noticed Sunday that there were a few “bull dogs” already flying around the horse and cattle).
Local dairy producers are trying to start their first cut of hay but the fields are wet and the alfalfa is short. Pasture is growing but wet grass isn’t as good for your cattle.
Heat would make a big difference in our crops right now so I’m crossing my fingers that we get some. We are unable to get on our plots here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station and it is so frustrating.
They still are looking decent but I’m not sure how much more these young plants can stand.
But I know–we can’t do much about the weather!
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Destiny, PA (personal assistant), actually my summer student, and I have been riding our bikes into Emo at lunch time to check the mail and do banking as we are participating in the Northwestern Health Unit’s “Hike It or Bike It” challenge.
I’m finding it quite a treat to ride on pavement–something that is lacking back in Kingsford Township.
I also walk either before work or in the evenings (depending on meetings, etc.) On Thursday night as I was walking, I just got over the hill south of my house and what did I see but a very large black bear.
He only was about 50 feet from me and we both were startled to see each other. He stood up on his back legs to get a better look, so I quickly turned and made my way back.
Needless to say, I was nervous about walking but I equipped myself with bear spray, overcame my “wimpy-ness,” and kept on walking.
Then my mom spotted a porcupine the next night–even closer to my house. I don’t want “Roxee” or my cows to see that!
It is a huge mess when cows all take their turn smelling the porcupine and filling their noses with quills.
I’m hoping all the wildlife has moved further away now.
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Congratulations to everyone involved with the Emo Walleye Classic–and, of course, to the winners, Bill Godin and Ralph Galusha.
Thanks to the volunteers who make the event happen. I know sometimes these are very thankless jobs but it’s nice that some see the need to work to make events like this happen across our district.
It would be great to have more people get involved in our communities and volunteer at events like this. Try it—you just might find it very worthwhile!
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Condolences to the Martin family on the passing of their mother and grandmother, Nancy. She will be missed by her very large family.
Due to her passing, Pine River Ranch postponed its livestock auction sale until this Saturday (June 13).
The Brielmanns have decided to sell their livestock and equipment and instead crop nearly 3,000 acres.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the sale!

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