Eager to start planting seeds at ag station

? On Monday I was on the land—not everywhere, but in my good spots. I am tile drained here at the ag research station in Emo, but we have some tile issues and they are not all working.
I had my student take a few soil temperatures. It is up to seven Celsius–hard to believe, when most days the air temperature struggles to reach that, but the black ground really attracts the sun/heat.
I am hoping we can get some seed in the ground today, but that might be pushing it (of course it is—they are calling for rain already for Tuesday).
We have a lot of fiddling around to do before we can put seed in the ground. I already had marked a kill-deer nest, but today when I was planning to go around it, I noticed it was gone. I don’t think they hatched; rather, I think something else destroyed them.
Poor things, but they will keep trying, though. I make a rule here that the summer students have to protect the kill-deers.
So watch—hopefully any day now you will see our little white stakes marking some of seeds (provided that Mother Nature co-operates).
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The bulls were turned out on Friday night at home. Now the job is to watch which cows are getting bred.
I like to do this for the first few cows, so I can be sure they don’t come back in heat in 21 days (cows will come in heat every 21 days when un-bred). This would be a sign of bull trouble (or cow trouble, but I like to blame the bull!)
The last thing you want is to find out you have a bunch of open cows this fall, or worse yet next spring when it is time for calving.
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I had a good weekend. I spent most of the day Saturday talking with a group of local producers about the impact of agriculture in Rainy River District. There currently is a study taking place and it is in its early stages.
You will be hearing more about this as things come together and are in place to report on it (likely sometime this fall).
Sunday also was a very busy day. There is always so much to do, but because I was tied up on Saturday, the Sunday list was even bigger this week.
I got a bit distracted a few times. I ended up finding some more antiques that I needed to look at and admire (I had them carefully stored in my barn).
The farm that I live on was my great-grandpa’s, and then great uncle’s, and the farmhouse burned in 1997. We managed to salvage some things. Of course, I am a bit of a pack-rat, so some of this stuff likely could have went to the dump, but I still find it neat and packed it away.
I keep dragging stuff to my basement (some day it will be just like a museum).
I was showing stuff to my boyfriend/partner and his son. I found this neat little plaster ornament that my Great Aunty Ruby had made in 1924 (how can you throw out something like that?)
They were telling me that my dad had found some neat things when cleaning up an old house behind his place. So we then headed over there and dragged a few more things home.
We are not sure what everything is. I always find it humorous that the stuff that we find cool and interesting, my grandma doesn’t. I guess living with it all those years don’t make things that cool or interesting to her).
So, I keep finding spots for it and I was just thinking about the poor people who are going to have clean up all this stuff I have stored after I am gone. . . .
I got back to work again, got around most of the hay fields, checking for trees etc. I was told that farmers were finding wolf-killed deer in their field, which can make a mess on tires and haying equipment (we did find one of those, as well).
And the spring list will continue on next weekend.
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Hope to see everyone at the RRFA’s spring dinner and entertainment this Friday night (May 8) at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.
There will be some local entertainment, and the Bill Gibson Memorial Volunteer Award will be given out (it is tough to chose a winner as we have a tremendous volunteer community in our agriculture network here in Rainy River District!)

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