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A run to Drum

 

I made a trip to the Drumheller Penitentiary Sunday to visit
a rancher friend who is serving time. Apparently Revenue Canada caught him in a
lie on his income tax forms. He claimed he made a nice profit in the beef
business! 

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But, it was a good morning for a drive through farm country
found in a region called The Badlands. Generally, everything looks pretty good,
at least at 110 km per hour. Quite a bit of canola is swathed, wheat and barley
fields are turning ripe. It appears just about every thistle seed in the
country germinated  and flourished,
this year.

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Not a soul working in the harvest on this drive. Either
crops aren’t ready or it is too wet. I did see a couple combines being readied
for action. There was a frost warning on WeatherBug, but I see that is ended.

Remember a few years ago when there was a big emphasis on

farmers to plant field shelterbelts to stop wind and conserve moisture.
Drumheller area is one of the few places where I still see any left.

It was kind of neat to see parachutists dropping out of the
sky near Bieseker airport, although it looked like they were landing in a
nearby wheat field, about a mile from the airport. Maybe that was planned, or
maybe it was just a German invasion that was about 66 years too late.

The woman selling Taber sweet corn in Bieseker for $8 per
dozen, said she didn’t know how much longer she’d be there. Supplies were tight
and if there is a frost…

A very productive trip.

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Field Editor

Lee Hart

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.

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