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Monday, June 13, 2022
I finished up crops seeding just over a week ago. Just a little later than normal but whats in the ground is off to a good start with plenty of moisture. Chem fallow spraying done as much as possible but due to a shortage of glyphosate of any kind I had to leave a couple of fields for tillage weed control. I'll try not to complain too much about the outrageous high price of diesel fuel and cultivator shovels because I haven't got the bill for the glyphosate yet either. No matter what we want this year it is going to cost way more than it did last year. On the slim chance that many people will actually be interested enough to watch it I have uploaded a video update today to youtube. Garden is doing great. Early potatoes are well up out of the ground and should be eating new ones by mid July. Hope so as the old ones in the bin are pretty rubbery.
Friday, May 20, 2022
Too cold and miserable to do much outside so I put out a new video of today. Cold enough I need to cover up the few potatoes that are out of the ground already. Ove six inches of rain so far in May which is good but it would be better if we had a chance to get the crop planted. Getting late already.
Friday, May 13, 2022
As much as we needed rain here it is a bit poor timing. Just when we should be in the field planting crops we are now rained out with over 3 inches over the past week. I managed to get out in somewhat muddy conditions and finish applying anhydrous and glad I did it yesterday. Some of the big acreage guys are well into it with many acres seeded but I'm guessing many like me have not started. I know one of these days I will find out what each of those big tanks of anhydrous cost me but right now I don't want to think about it. Or the many gallos of diesel fuel even a small farmer like me has to burn to get the job done. High grain prices help but I wonder if they also help push up the cost of our inputs? Or can we blame it all on Putin's war?
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Not the Easter rabbit. This little heifer was born late afternoon of Easter Sunday. I'd been watching this heifer for the past few weeks thinking she could not be far from calving. She is the one I raised as a pail fed calf a couple of years ago so very quiet. That evening at feeing time she was missing from the herd. A short walk up on "separator hill" and I was able to spot her out on the "big flat" about a quarter of a mile away. Still a few snowbanks but most of the fields are bare, but muddy. Hated to make ruts with the tractor but that was about the only option to get out there to check. Sure enough the calf was born just fine but laying on the wet slough ground getting cold. I considered leaving them out overnight but hearing the coyotes howling nearby earlier changed my mind. I already lost one to coyotes back in January. It wasn't a real heavy calf that I carried out of the flat and set down in the front end loader bucket on a good layer of straw. I headed slowly for home in reverse hoping the heifer would have the sense to keep right up following her calf. I was in reverse and it was a slow trip home. Not quite dark when I got back with it to the cattle shelter. About half way through the journey the heifer realized what was happening and began heading home too. She pretty much caught up to me at the shelter as I was unloading the calf into the corraled off area of the shelter. I was able to entice her to follow me in there with a few handfuls of hay. Locked in for the night with some hay and water I hoped by morning the calf would have figured out where it's nourishment was and get busy. It did look hopeful by morning and by later the next day there was no doubt this calf and heifer (now cow) knew what to do. So nice when everything works the way it is supposed to. They are still in the enclosure 4 days later as the forecast is for some nasty weather and I think the calf is better off under a roof than out in the rain or wet snow.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Wow, yet another winter storm has buried us in snow drifts. I've been taking pictures of the lawn ornament plow in my yard through this winter and as of today there is only a few inches of the front spindle sticking up through the snowdrift. Got to be a good three feet. I had to shovel to get into the barn this morning and again late afternoon. Its become a snow tunnel to get to the chop bin and the oat chop is getting pretty low. I need to grind up some more oats pretty quick before the bin runs out. Cattle need a little grain to carry them through this cold. I'm so thankful we got the last of the January grain contract hauled out with only hours to spare yesterday. Weather was already turning bad by mid afternoon but nothing like it got by night time. Roads not fit to travel all across the South end of the province. The little calf born two weeks ago seems fine out in the cattle shelter with the rest of the herd. I've got mountains of snow to move soon as it lets up a bit. Ran the hundred gallon tank of winter diesel empty yesterday filling up the vac tractor. Don't think I've ever used that much in a winter before. I'm going to mix up a little summer diesel with Howes concentrate to thin it enough that the fuel won't gel in the remaining cold weather that is in our immediate future. I don't want to buy anymore winter diesel at this point even if the fuel truck could get into my yard. And lets not even talk about the cost of fuel. High grain prices are fine but by the time we pay the fuel bills and inflated crop input prices I don't think we will be any better off. Not complaining too much as I know there are parts of the world where they have cold weather and no shelter or services thanks to a dictator that wants to take over their country by force. How can this still happen in 2022? Has the world learned nothing from past history? Everybody is scared that Rasputin is going to push the nuke button. Its probably a bluff but they do say that dictators don't usually have a retirement plan either.
Saturday, February 19, 2022
As this miserable pandemic winter drags on it is entertaining to look back on better times. I've been converting more old home movies to digital from vhs video and uploading a few to my youtube channel. People seem to like them. This latest one shows some kids learning to pedal bikes and drive go karts. Is there a better place to grow up than on a Saskatchewan farm? I can't imagine it. Hope the "kids" don't mind being on the movie. I didn't identify anybody by name.
Sunday, February 13, 2022
We got it all today. Cool and cloudy morning but still looked promising enough to plug in the tractor to finally open my driveway. Sun came out briefly too but by the time I got to the tractor shed it was blowing snow in high winds so I put that idea on hold til afternoon. By afternoon brilliant bursts of sunshine illuminated the blowing and drifting snow. Temp went up above normal but by late afternoon it was headed down into the discomfort zone again so the tractor idea got pushed ahead into tomorrow. I need the driveway open by 1:00 for an appointment but I'm starting to think of cancelling. This has been one crazy winter. Hardly a break between wind storms. Lots of snow for the fields but its being blown off the fields into ditches and yards where it won't do us much good. On the good news side, grains prices are still at crazy high levels and I have some to sell if the weather ever gives me a few days in a row without wind and blowing snow to get it hauled. On the bad side, crop input costs have jumped about as bad as grain prices have gone good. And of course the general unrest in the whole country. Interesting times indeed.