Summer heat helping trials at ag station

Well, things are progressing nicely with our surge of heat and the long summer days.
A majority of our cereal trials are all headed out and the canola is sporting its bright yellow flowers!
I was able to get finished spraying last week, and now it’s the time to collect data on heading and flowering dates.
We also have some forage trials that are ready for second-cut harvest, which we will have to address this week.
We now will be working towards our annual open house slated for Wednesday, July 27 as we like to have things all cleaned up and ready for show.
The Rainy River District Soil & Crop Association also will host its annual farm tour that day. It sounds like the tour will meet at the ag research station at 11 a.m. and visit the mid-district this year.
Stops are being planned at Marvin Smith’s, Kim Cornell’s, Lyle Wheatley’s, and Larry Lamb’s, as well as a demo site that belong to Rainy River First Nations along the Rainy River south of Emo.
Once the route is finalized, I will pass it along to everyone.
Meanwhile, I’m thinking of planning an early September crop tour, visiting Philip Krahn’s corn, North End Farms, and some pastures.
We have lots going on in our district, and we need to share and learn from each other.
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The Rainy River Hereford Association is considering hosting a “Top of the Line” sale again this fall, either on Oct. 15 or Oct. 22.
This will be an all-breed sale.
If you are interested in participating, or have any suggestions, contact Louis Bujold at 274-7410 or via e-mail at slbujold@gmail.com (they need to see if there is interest before they begin to plan and organize a sale).
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Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend much time with Maddie and Marlee last week (too busy with haying, and grandma and grandpa took them camping).
They certainly had good weather to spend a few days near a lake.
I’m still pleased that Maddie seems to remember her plants! She jumped in my truck and quickly grabbed a cattlemen’s magazine and said, “Oh, I want to read this one. It’s all about alfalfa.”
And sure enough, there was an alfalfa plant on the front cover!
I guess she also was sharing here plant knowledge with grandpa, who didn’t know a few species of wild flowers.
Marlee, meanwhile, was pleased to do some fishing from shore with grandpa, but was not impressed that she lost her favourite orange hook!
We seem to say frequently that we picked up or bought something “for the girls.” So apparently when she seen a few bungee cords in the camper, she had to ask, “Grandma, did you buy these for the girls?”
Despite the fact that we keep reminding our parents that they didn’t take us camping when we were kids, we’re sure happy they get to spend time and enjoy their grand-girls as much as they do!
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Since we had more than an inch of rain Friday night, we were able to attend the auction sale at Bud Larson’s farm on Saturday. My great uncle, Bud, whose farm I live on, loved auction sales.
I really believe a big part of an auction sale is the social aspect. It’s a great day to catch up with people you don’t see often.
The rain allowed many people to attend the sale, and catch up and buy someone else’s treasures. My Uncle Bud liked to come home with a box of treasures–there is something about spending a couple of dollars and then coming home and checking it all out.
I didn’t bring home any treasures this time; I still have plenty of my uncle’s treasures!

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