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March 14, 2011 Agriculture Column


This sure has been a cold last week.  It felt a lot like winter was still irritated with us and is still punishing us for thinking that spring is just around the corner.  Well, it does sound like we are going to fool it this week with temperatures in the 30’s.  I am a bit concerned about next weekend, as I have a hunch that we are going to get another snow storm. 

This past weekend my youngest son has been busy calving with his uncle and cousin and the season has been going pretty good so far.  Well, they decided to see if they could find someone to attend to the cattle if they went to the hockey game.  I agreed and did enjoy walking through the cows even though it was dark, but with good light, and the fact knowing that I am no spring chicken anymore in the case of a mama cow thinking I was annoying her.  I guess I write this as I know many of us still have contact with calving and do enjoy it a lot however we do need to be careful as the stressed mama cow can get a little excited at any moment and go into attack mode.  Have you ever been beat on by a mad mama cow or a very irritated bull?  I have and they take no mercy in their delivering a crushing blow.  I have had many experiences where a fence saved my hide but I have also been beat on a lot too.  One experience was a cow that I was branding and upon releasing her from the chute she turned, like a tsunami, and got me down in a corner of a pen.  I still have the remembrance of her eye within an eye lash of my eye and thinking she does not like me.  I was badly bruised for quite a while and the other factor in play is who is there to help if something does go wrong as they could be putting their live in danger. 

The Ramsey County Crop Improvement association will have two growers growing increase HRSW (Prosper) this summer.  They are Mark Blanchfield and Bryston Berg.  This wheat is very similar to Faller with a better disease package.  I might have a slight yield advantage (1-3) bushels over Faller.  Give these two a call this summer and check out the progress of the increase lots.  There should be plenty of seed available for the next growing season for anyone wanting new seed.


            April 5                          Pesticide training, Devils Lake, 6 P.M.



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