Weather puts brakes on planting

Well, we certainly were spoiled with good weather and now reality has set in.
Cold and wet has arrived. And despite needing the rain, it would have been more appreciated if temperatures would have stayed decent.
We do have most of our plots in at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. We would have worked on soybeans this week but it’s sounding like we won’t be doing much field work in the days ahead.
We are waiting for the arrival of our new tractors, and the students are anxious to start cutting the grass riding a shiny new green tractor!
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I sure hope that everyone took the time to celebrate, in some manner, with their mothers on Sunday.
We decided to stay home and celebrate with a fish fry!
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My boyfriend/partner and I spent some time working on my latest project–my new (old) coffee tables. He thinks I spend too much time on Pinterest, but often it is having too much time driving that allows me to think about things like this.
I even was more excited that I found my perfect Christmas tree (I never stop looking and it’s only May but I have it picked out).
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We loaded up some sheep and went off to the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market in Fort Frances to allow others to experience the cuteness of lambs.
The weather certainly could have been better but it was great to see all the faces—young and old—happy to see the babies.
The ewes just had been sheared on Friday so they were not a pretty sight without their wool coat. And at one point, one of the ewes even did a bit of shivering.
She hadn’t been out of the barn since lambing, either, and if you had seen how thick their wool coat is, you would understand why.
They were tired out. One of the ewes we took (“Feather”) is known to be a very vocal momma but she didn’t make a sound Saturday night after her busy day.
Maddie and Marlee enjoyed showing off their lambs and are at least getting less shy with people visiting with them.
Both girls’ birthdays are approaching quickly so there is plenty of excitement in those thoughts.
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I was fortunate last week to get together with Kerry Hyatt and her daughter who are visiting from Alberta.
It is so nice to stay in touch with kids that you watched grow up and who are busy with their own lives now.
I feel fortunate to have been involved with so many of the great kids of Rainy River District through 4-H or summer students at the research station.
Kerry hopes that someday she can move her family back to this district—and I am hoping they can, as well!
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A reminder that if you ordered trees through the Rainy River District Stewardship Council, they are now in and ready to be picked up at the research station.
If you are interested in trees, we almost are sold out of white spruce but we have plenty of red pine and cedar.
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Mark your calendars as Thursday, June 18 will be the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir’s annual meeting.
We certainly need to talk to our membership, so we are looking forward to having a good group of people show up and help us plan the future of our abattoir.

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