Trying not to stress about the weather

As much as this weather is driving me crazy, I’m trying to refrain from stressing about it too much.
I have some hay that’s cut and getting washed but there’s not much I can do about it.
Our family had a very nerve-racking week so I realize that not having much hay made, or the hay getting rained on, is minor compared to having your family healthy and safe at home.
Like many people, last week I experienced what it’s like to volunteer for something in your community and then have someone only find fault in everything you do.
I was helping to plan an event for a local organization only to be called a dictator and accused of misusing a mailing list. Why is it that there is always one or two people like this that ruin it for all the good people around?
I’ve been thinking long and hard about giving up some of volunteer positions lately anyway since I find I have less and less time to get things accomplished on my own farm.
And events like this really make it easy to walk away.

Our barley really is showing signs of too much rain—and the fact that the tile still is not running 100 percent hasn’t helped it at all.
The cereal trials, meanwhile, are pretty much all headed out now. But it’s difficult even getting heading date information since you are struggling to keep the soil off your boots just to walk between plots.
The canola is flowering nicely and they say the longer it flowers, the better your yield is. It is great to see the bees buzzing throughout the yellow blossoms.
Marlee said someone told her that farmers don’t want bees on their crops. This is untrue—we want and need the bees!
At this point, the soybeans look pretty good. I have a few places that I think I need to re-spray, but this will depend on the weather and if I can get on the plots. This warm—sometimes humid—weather makes everything grow but that includes the weeds, as well.
Our dry bean plot isn’t great but the lamb’s quarter weed escaped the herbicide so we have some weed-pulling to finish in this trial. The wetter conditions certainly make weed-pulling easier.

We are continuing our negotiations for over-wintering the ducks. Of course, we have one that is extra quiet and the girls walk around and cuddle with her all the time.
I only have heard that they are extra messy in the winter since they continue to bath, etc. and you end up with a frozen ice pile.
We will see what the next few weeks bring but until then, we will continue to enjoy them.

The annual open house at the Emo Agricultural Research Station is set for Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m.
We hope to see everyone out! I understand that it’s going to be tough this year with haying season being so late, but I hope you will take the time to visit.
Everyone is welcome.

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