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Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 19 Way Too Wet

Yes, I am complaining about too much rain again. The farmers on agriville were commenting on the fact that "rain takes grain" and after checking my fields this morning I can agree that the rain is gradually taking our hopes of a good crop away. Drowned out areas are everywhere. Cereal crops are turning yellow from too much water. Canola is turning purple. I did get the canola sprayed for the second , and final, application today. It needed it and with the forecast of more days of rain I guess today was my last chance. Hopefully the rain that hit just after I  finished will not wash off the herbicide before it works.

Driving through the mud and water I am doing a lot of crop damage but a crop infested with weeds is not a good option either.

Rising water levels are making ever more difficult getting into the grain bins at the yard in the "hundred acre woods." We can drive through the water across the trails with small vehicles and equipment but forget about loaded trucks. I need a load of gravel in there to level up the bins now that they are installed on their new floors as of a few days ago.

With a rainy weekend forecasted I'm not sure just how we will accomplish this but....

And what is it with these horrendous little biting flies that we are besieged with lately? I don't recall ever seeing so many of them before. I even wore earplugs to keep them out of my ears today. Blackflies ?


  1. Now I know the world is turning upside down when the lazy farmer needs rain more than Sask. does.

  2. Global warming for sure, Ralph. It was supposed to be snow!

  3. They call it "climate change" now Gorges. And really I think excess snow is easier to deal with than rain. At least we are not struggling to grow crops in the winter when we are buried in snow. No mosquitoes either!

  4. Unlike mosquitoes, black flies need moving water to breed. So perhaps because of high water flowing over your land you are getting noticeable black flies this year.

    In southern Alberta they treat the major rivers to keep the black flies from bothering cattle too severely. So they are around, although I've never ran into noticeable numbers of them.