Friday, August 22, 2014

Quebec Agriculture

The first farm machine we saw in Quebec was one of these combines, pulling a flex head behind him.

August is prime time for agriculture in Quebec.  Fruits and vegetables are fresh and plentiful and the prices are not too bad at the farm or market.

On May 16, 2006, the Census of Agriculture counted 30,675 farms in Quebec, a 4.6% decrease during the past five years. This is slightly lower than the 7.1% decrease at the national level. On Census Day, there were 5,316 fewer farms in Quebec compared to 1996. A census farm is an agricultural operation that produces an agricultural product intended for sale.

Quebec accounted for 13.4% of Canada’s 229,373 farms in 2006, slightly higher than the share in 2001. Quebec’s total ranked 4th in Canada.

At the same time, Quebec reported 45,470 farm operators, a 4.1% decline from 2001.  I am sure the latest census will show more of the same, just like in the states.

Farm area

Farms in Quebec averaged 279 acres of land in 2006, up from 263 acres five years earlier.
Total area of land on farms in Quebec increased 1.3% between 2001 and 2006 to 8.6 million acres in 2006. It has about 5.1% of the total farm area in Canada.

Farmers reported 4.8 million acres of cropland in Quebec in 2006, up 4.5% from 2001. The province accounts for about 5.4% of all cropland area in the nation. Cropland is the total area in field crops, fruits, vegetables, sod and nursery.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Day Of Kindergarten

It seems like yesterday, the doctor put my baby daughter into my arms.  Little did I know the joy she would bring me and everyone she met since that day.  And those four sweet grand children she gave us!  Happy birthday, Becky!
Three of our grandchildren just had their first day of kindergarten!  So did my sister's grandson.  I love the German word kindergarten, it reminds me of my love of children and gardens.

I saw the picture of Tyler getting on the school bus and thought, there goes a young man into the next phase of his life, one that will change him forever.

I still remember my experience of kindergarten, 60 years later!  I had good teachers and I can remember all the ones who had such a great impact upon my life.  Do you remember those teachers in your life?

School has become a great influence upon our people.  It has changed greatly in the past 100 years, especially the last 50 or so.  The great increase in knowledge of peoples we take for granted can be linked to good schooling at earlier and earlier age.

Unfortunately this knowledge has not brought peace to the people.  Good schooling does not guarantee good principles that keep people civil.  Civility is lacking in the world today and it seems like the world is coming apart at the seems as these young children seek a better path.'

I pray for peace in the world but the best I can do is teach my dear grandchildren how important it is to keep evil out of your life and how to respond to it when they encounter it.

That's the best I can do today.

Blessings to our grandchildren, especially our new kindergartners!

Ed Winkle

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Saint Joseph's Oratory

In 1904, Saint André Bessette, C.S.C., began the construction of St. Joseph, a small chapel on the slopes of Mont Royal near Notre Dame College.[2] Soon the growing number of the congregation made it too small. In 1917 a larger church was completed that had a seating capacity of 1,000. In 1924, the construction of the basilica of Saint Joseph's Oratory was commenced; it was finally completed in 1967.[2]

Father Paul Bellot, an architect, completed the dome of Saint Joseph's Oratory between 1937-39. The dome is the third-largest of its kind in the world after the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in Côte d'Ivoire and Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.[3]

Between 1949-51, architect Gilbert Moreau carried out alterations and improvements to the interior of Saint Joseph's Oratory, as well as to the adjacent monastery, and rearranged the sacristy in the basilica.[4]

The basilica is dedicated to Saint Joseph, to whom Brother André credited all his reported miracles. These were mostly related to some kind of healing power, and many pilgrims (handicapped, blind, ill, etc.) poured into his Basilica, including numerous Protestants. On display in the basilica is a wall covered with thousands of crutches from those who came to the basilica and were allegedly healed. Pope John Paul II deemed the miracles to be authentic and beatified Brother André in 1982. In October 2010 Pope Benedict XVI canonized the saint.

A reliquary in the church museum contains Brother André's heart, which he requested as a protection for the basilica. More than 2 million visitors and pilgrims visit the Oratory every year. It is located at 3800 Queen Mary Road, at Côte-des-Neiges (near the Côte-des-Neiges metro station).
Composer Émilien Allard notably served as the church's carillonneur from 1955-1975. For RCA Victor he released the LP album Carols at the Carillon of Saint Joseph's Oratory for which he wrote the arrangements.[5]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Malone, New York

After 15 years, we finally made it up to far northern New York, where LuAnn's parents grew up.  We are close to Montreal and Lake Champlain, so this is about as far as you can go in the state of New York.

No wonder the children move away from here because there is only subsistence farming, mining and logging for survival.  There is some tourism but not enough to employ a lot of people.

We stayed in an 1820 home last night.  It was nice but it showed its age.  The floors in our 1880 home are much more substantial.  It had beautiful surroundings though, right on a high edge of the Salmon River.

I asked LuAnn what she learned on this trip so far and she quickly answered, "the deep Catholicism in my family, witnessed by the commonality of the headstones in the cemetery."  Malone Cemetery is probably the prettiest little cemetery I've ever seen, with a big stone cross in the center, and rows of plots with trees in a circle, spoking out from the cross, the center piece.

We are eating our way across New York and need to slow down.  There is too much good food up here and LuAnn knows ever little diner you can think of and if she doesn't, it is too easy for me to find one.

The dairies left seem to be doing pretty well and the crops look good, but late.  We saw some corn so little I can't imagine it making good silage.  Now is primetime for sweet corn, vegetables, potatoes and fruit here.  It is all of excellent quality and we've seen some good ideas for farms and farm markets.

It's a unique trip and the weather is cool but we are having cool time.

Ed and LuAnn

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mowing Soybeans

We mowed the tops of some soybeans this year before they started blooming.  The podding effect has been tremendous, more than anything else we have tried like Cobra, UAN, growth hormones, foliar feeds etc etc.

Has anyone else tried mowing off your beans to stimulate growth?  What did you find?

My friend Keith is impressed with his 2 by 2 planter application of CAN 27.  Look it up, it is calcium ammonium nitrate with 27% nitrogen.

The blogs may be short and far between for awhile but we are trying to answer the voice mail and email.  I am keeping up the best I can.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Crops In The Northeast

Crops in the northeast are late, green and wet.  Corn looks like an entirely different color than the color we are used to seeing at home.  I know earlier hybrids look a little different and it is hard to describe the color difference.  I think they will have a good crop but we' seen a lot of what I call silage corn in the last two days.  Most of that will go to silage too as I travel to the north and east of my home there are more dairy cows and livestock, too.

The beans look really late and many are yellow.  Some were so yellow I thought they were very sick until I stopped and looked.  We had travelled to an area of dry bean production and the plants were naturally dying.  They looked like they had been sprayed with glyphosate and had extreme Manganese tie up.

We have seen a ot of new alfalfa plantings in the last day, too.  The alfalfa just looks excellent and I should have stopped and taken a picture for Hay Wilson down in Texas.  I didn't see any Boron or Potassium deficiency so they must have their nutrient program up to snuff.

It looks like they had a good cereal crop and we even saw some windrows of straw that hadn't been baled yet.  The weather this year has sure put us all on a different schedule.  It feels like we haven't quit running since April 1 or whenever the weather first broke.

How are the crops looking in your area?  What is your main concern?  I am concerned how dry these crops will be and how hard it will be to get harvest finished this year.  It looks like a cool September and we really need more heat!

Ed Winkle

Saturday, August 16, 2014

175 Years

The Erie County New York Fair is celebrating 175 years.  We got to visit it today and were very impressed with what we saw all day from one end of the fairgrounds to the other.  It has been some years since we last visited and there have been so many positive changes, it rivals state fairs, let alone the best county fairs we have visited.

The Agricultural Discovery Barn was very impressive.  You see the MooTernity Ward as soon as you walk into the new building with many cows with brand new born calves.  The barn is filled with farm displays that help anyone see how foodstuff is grown.  There is a 7088 CIH combine with a simulator inside the cab where you control the machine on video.  There was a long line of adults and children to take their turn inside the simulator inside a real combine.

Wouldn't you I walk outside to the barns and there is one of best displays of classic tractors I grew up with I've ever seen!  Oliver, Cockshutt, Minneapolis Moline and International Harvesters were line up like a parade, amongst other brands.  There was a rare early 8006 Deutz from Germany I really enjoyed.

The various crop displays were excellent and state fair quality.  In that building we ran across the booth she used to man as Erie County Soil and Water District Coordinator and there was a man she had hired years ago.  He now has her old position and has brought in 8 million dollars in grant money since he took over her post.

It was record cool at the fair today but the displays were record cool, too!

We really enjoyed it!

Ed Winkle