Everything finally is pretty much planted

The sun is finally shining! What beautiful weather–let’s hope it lasts until Christmas.
We finally have pretty much got everything planted at the agricultural research station here in Emo (all but a very large perennial biomass grass trial that is supposed to be arriving sometime this week).
As well, we will have one more planting of lettuce since the planting dates were staggered for three different ones.
As long as we can keep the deer out of our veggie plots, we should have lots to delicious produce at some point.
Normally, we would be well into the harvesting of forages but because of the delayed spring, we are likely another week away.
Things will change rather quickly now with the heat, but we still need to finish up things like spraying and plot trimming.
We are planning for our annual open house slated for Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Jeannette is planning a barbecue featuring local foods so be sure to mark the date on your calendar.
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Local 4-H beef clubs are in full swing now. The youngsters are selling tickets on a side of beef (actually, the side of beef will be one of the 4-H market steers).
The kids have to work hard to get these steers ready, with the job actually starting last fall when they choose a steer and start feeding then.
The job of training them is no easy task, either (the sooner you start, the easier it is but it is hard if you are working and going to school).
Many of these steers weigh well over 1,000 pounds now and they are a lot to tow around (but they have no trouble towing you!)
It is great that we have had so much support over the years. Fortunately, the good people of Rainy River District as well as a few out-of-towners have seen the value in supporting our 4-H kids and eating local meat.
Even though the buyers are paying a premium for this meat, the kids are not making a huge amount of profit as they have to spend a great deal of money to get their steers to this weight and finish.
It also is great to see these kids grow through our 4-H program. Many start at 10 years of age and retire at 21, and many 4-Hers go off and become our leaders of tomorrow!
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I heard there was some disappointment with the attendance at the SawTech Expo in Fort Frances last Friday and Saturday.
That’s too bad because there was a lot to see for everyone—some beautiful furniture, equipment, cupboard drawers, excellent local food in the canteen, and, of course, the beautiful red barn display of agriculture (I am a little partial since I and my research kids helped with this, along, of course, with our FedNor ag girl, Jeannette, and the new intern, Trevor).
We even cut some reed canary grass and alfalfa for the display. We thought the grass was appropriate since we were next door to the biomass display and reed canary is what we are growing for them to burn.
Sometimes I think we need to stop and realize how much work it is to set up an event like this, and take the time to visit and see what is going on in the area. It likely didn’t help that it was the first nice weekend of the year.
Hats off to all the exhibitors. I thought the expo was great.
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Congratulations and best wishes to my neighbours, Fred and Grace Angus, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past weekend.
I’d say they both deserve a medal!
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I am a little concerned about wolves and coyotes right now. My cows seem to come running home often because something seems to be scaring them.
On the weekend, about half of them came running home bawling and excited, so I went on the four-wheeler to see if I could see what was going on. I couldn’t find anything.
I do have a coyote hanging around and I am sure it is female, so she might be looking for something to feed her pups.
Of course, once the grass is good, there is something else to contend with and you can bet now that the weather is great the bugs will be, as well.
I had to go and check because Maddie will be ticked with me if she knew that “Darma” went to the bush and something might be chasing her.

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