Heavy frost sure did real damage

We definitely were touched by fall this past week.
In fact, I’m still shocked at how hard it froze. Normally I find that petunias don’t seem to be too affected by frost, but they certainly were this year!
I often find that I’m pulling out my flowers while the petunias still are happily blooming, but this year they were finished. Just like how summer came this year (quickly), it left us with the same speed.
I’m sure many of you have seen the e-mail that’s been circulated around many times, stating, “You know you live in Northwestern Ontario if you’ve had your air conditioner and furnace running all in the same day.” And that’s pretty much how it was.
I really dreaded turning on the heat in my house but my dog is too old to jump on the bed. And once if reached 62 degrees F, I had to turn on the switch!
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The frost certainly made the last of our crops change at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. The soybeans were near ready to go, so we combined them and put them in the oven to dry.
We have a bit of an advantage over a farm (large-scale amount of beans) since we have the dryer. The yields seemed to be decent, but I haven’t done any calculating yet.
As well, the heavy frost will help our switch grass and miscanthus dry down. We likely will leave it for a while yet, but this certainly will help set it up to start losing the green material.
With the little bit of rain we’ve had, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get plowing now. I’ve heard from a few farmers that it was tough going and we certainly have a much smaller horsepower tractor than most farms.
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I moved my cows home from Blackhawk this past weekend. Maddie and Marlee were supposed to be helping me but they ended up staying and playing (and eating) with Auntie Carol, Stacey, and Callen.
Auntie Carol’s house was filled with fresh food and toys! I find the girls are “graziers” so all the home baking was just up their alley.
Fortunately, the cattle co-operated well and other than a nasty flat tire, all went well. Luckily, I had help with my tire (I normally can handle flat tires but I wasn’t able to get the tire from under my truck so the help was able to provide me with a spare tire, too).
And thankfully, the flat came when I had an empty cattle trailer.
I still have one group of cattle away from home, but they are close to home so it won’t be a long haul.
Next week is cattle sale week, which means weaning time. The cows sense this and are not always so co-operative. You’d think they would be darn happy to get rid of the monsters that are sucking everything out of them, but they take a few days to get over it.
It’s a noisy place at weaning time!
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I sure hope our beef producers are signing up for the Risk Management Insurance Program information session on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Emo Inn. This is a very exciting program that hopefully will take some of the “risk” out of our beef operations.
You are expected to pre-register so get in touch with me if you need the phone number.
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I’m also expecting to see everyone at the all-candidates’ meeting set for Thursday, Sept. 29 at Our Lady of Way School in Stratton beginning at 7 p.m.
Please come and find out where agriculture fits into our candidates’ agendas.
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The biggest cattle sale of the year at the Stratton sales barn is quickly approaching: Oct. 1.
If you have any questions or concerns, get in touch with sales barn manager Clayton Teeple at 487-1465 or 275-8188.

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