Chores finished before deluge

It was a busy week and luckily everything was finished before Friday’s major downpour.
We had 76mm (or 3.04 inches) at the Emo Agricultural Research Station and 2.5 inches at my home. Either place, it was way too much.
I understand the further east you went, the more rain that fell.
It certainly is not too helpful at this time of the year. This is a very busy time of the year, and things go better when you’re not in mud up to your eyebrows!
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I was lucky enough to make 218 square bales of straw here at the station last Monday, then run home and make 243 square bales of second-cut hay.
The hay was beautiful and it was all nicely tucked away in the barn before the rains came. Luckily my mom was able to rake the hay on Sunday, so it was really nice baling on Monday.
My mom couldn’t figure out why I wanted to square bale “all the wild grass in the alfalfa?” Turns out the wild grass was actually tall fescue!
I was nervous about getting it all baled up as the clouds seemed to be getting darker and closer, so my dad made a few round bales.
And when I felt a drop, I quickly jumped off the square baler and onto the round baler, and made sure it was all cleaned up. And it was a good thing because it would have washed away in this past rain.
The sheep really like good second-cut hay while the cows appreciate it at calving time.
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I have a new helper at EARS in Keith McTavish, who has been busy cleaning seed and we did get our canola in.
I was expecting the canola to be tough to combine, but it actually went well. The heavy rain likely would have knocked that small stem right off the plant, so it’s good to have it finished, as well.
Now I need for the weather to straighten up and get everything else cleaned off and winterized.
I am disappointed with my data so far (yields have so much variability in them). I was expecting great things with the new combine but maybe it is simply that–“new” and not quite dialed in.
We will see. We have to take some hard looks at numbers and see what we can do to make things more even.
That is the hard part, though.
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I delivered my first animals to the new abattoir in Emo last week. It was a great pleasure to deliver them so close to home instead of making the long trek to Dryden and back (thankfully dryden serviced us for all those years, though!
I will take the last of my butcher animals this week.
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My vet cousin was home so I had a list of things for her to check (actually four things). Two out of the four were okay.
My cousin said she is going to find something for my old dog’s aging boy (almost 12) while “Clover” the sheep simply had some extra skin under her chin.
Unfortunately, my sick calf I have been talking about had to put down (he had congestive heart failure badly), as did a cow with an abscess that had some type of bone infection.
So it was a rough night on the farm!
It isn’t nice to see anything suffer, so this was the right thing to do. I still don’t do well with this part of farming, but I am getting tougher.
September is always a bad month for me—it’s soon my birthday and if anything is going to die, it seems to always fall close to my birthday!
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It’s the cattle sale week, which means moving, weaning, and weighing cattle.
Certainly would have been better without the three inches of rain, but not much you can do–and it’s the same for everyone!
Meanwhile, “Daisy” and “Clover” have moved into the newly-renovated new sheep house and seem to think it’s going to be okay.
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Be sure to get out for a fall drive. We have some beautiful colours across our district right now!
Take the camera and snap a few shots!

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