We have suffered a great many long time droughts in our years of farming; few have been worse than this summer. However, a blessed half inch of rain fell on our small part of the prairies on July 31, which may make a small difference for both the filling of the stressed crops and the current fire risk for haying. It is just one of those years!
Art and I did an excursion of the Vermillion, Viking, and Stettler areas this past week. Our Viking son-in-law took Art on a local tour, where he saw cows and calves flourishing in belly high grass. Generally crops in these areas are looking good, although some areas are showing stress.
While on our tour, we had the pleasure of connecting with a couple from New Zealand who were touring rural Alberta. This delightful couple operated a dairy farm in New Zealand and we so enjoyed sharing “common” agricultural experiences and frustrations. We realized that agriculture challenges, whether they are here or in the Southern Hemisphere, are so very much the same. It definitely is a small world!
Do not forget that our own Justine Johnson will be married this year. Justine will wed Carson Berry on September 2.
Mary Heathers-Upshaw became a septuagenarian this year. In recognition of her 70th year, her aunt and uncle, Susan and George Himann from Calgary arrived at her home and took her to the Drumheller Passion Play. The trio were extremely impressed with this magnificent presentation.