Rain causing havoc at ag research station

Since the beginning of April, we have had 8.32 inches of rain fall here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, including 3.64” so far this month.
We only have been able to work in our plots three days this month—and things are not looking so good for the rest of this week.
I am so behind that I’m not sure there is enough summer left to be able to catch up. We might end up having a large area of summer fallow plots.
Meanwhile, I’m running out of rainy day jobs for my boys. Things need to be sprayed and tilled, and we can barely drive around the place without getting stuck on our laneways.
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The Rainy River District 4-H Leaders Association welcomed two guests to a leader’s training night.
It was suppose to be like the “old days,” and they were planning to actually do some hands-on training with us. But they must have left that material at home and instead spent the evening talking about stuff that Rainy River District already is very skilled at.
We were lucky to have a home economist in the ag office years ago who trained and taught us very well.
Still, it was nice to have two more people see the distance across this vast province, though.
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Maddie graduated from Fort Frances Nursery School this week.
With graduation ceremonies starting so early in life, we should have quite a few more of these ceremonies to attend.
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I ended up heading to Niverville, Man. with my boyfriend/partner on Friday (he had to deliver his two wolves that he’s getting a rug and head-mount made).
This was a very busy business, with all kinds of animals all over the place. Their showroom was very impressive.
Friday also was the “Relay for Life” in Rainy River! When we arrived back in Rainy that evening, the festivities were just about to get underway.
I had to run home and do a few chores, as well as gather more clothes for our night in Rainy River. 4-H had two teams and enough food to last us the entire week!
We all had someone special we were walking for, but our 4-H teams were dedicated to Kurt Desserre, who has about 90 days left of his cancer treatment.
He spent the night walking with us, and we are so proud of him and looking forward to his treatment being completed.
The night actually went very quickly and Laura (our head chef) spent the night preparing food. She had the other teams drooling for her snacks!
Rainy River did a wonder job of organizing this event for the first time and it sounds like $53,000 was made for the Canadian Cancer Society.
I would say it was a very successful night!
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After no sleep and all, we then headed up to “Nowhere Island” for a bit of a girls’ night on Saturday.
We maybe should have planned that one a bit better. We were all so tired that we ended up watching a movie and heading to bed early!
It was a nice place to relax, though.
The worst part was coming home to the reminder of how far behind I am! I guess when we get the sheep at the end of the month, they will have lots of grass to mow!

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