One month of drier weather and I’m already wishing for a rain. We missed a rain Sunday night, and we could really use some moisture. I combined the wheat last week, and it made 80 bushels per acre with just some nitrogen and red clover flown over it in early March. I didn’t fly on any fungicide or anything else, so I’m happy with the yield. It was on a high piece of ground with some roll to it, so the water didn’t pond up on it, but I did get a heavy rain right after I put on the nitrogen and I was worried I lost that fertilizer. Evidently I didn’t, plus I grazed 7% of it and the regrowth is figured into that yield. The straw will be baled into big round bales for a local cattleman and then I’ll drill in my fall annual mix to finish off my lambs in October through December. I might even graze the flock on the red clover and wheat stubble before drilling in the annuals.

After I grazed the cereal rye field, I used a no-till Truax drill to drill in a summer annual mix of pearl millet, cow peas and Pasja turnips into the existing red clover. I’ll graze this from Aug. 1 until I get a killing frost about mid-October. This will give my perennial pastures a rest and the winter annual time to grow before I have to feed them.

Now to the most important thing I have to talk about: I have seven great Pyrenees puppies that need a new home. They are from two working parents that have done a great job of protecting my sheep. They would make great guard dogs for your livestock, whatever species you may have. Or, they could be a loving pet for your family. The male dog really likes one of my granddaughters. I have four males and three females.

I also have a male border collie puppy that was born two weeks after the great Pyrenees that could possibly find its way into someone’s farm. Again, I use the border collie male and female on my farm daily. They are good working dogs. To contact me, call or text 309-825-5435 or online at emaufarm@gmail.com. Ask your friends and relatives if they would like a puppy or know of someone who would like one or two. Stay cool.

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