Seeding 85 per cent done, but weather a challenge

Baljennie News


The Western Development Museums in Saskatchewan remain closed to the public and all volunteers. It has been a long, strange situation. The museum staff have been there and are busy getting outside village buildings repaired.

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The month of June arrived with high winds. Farmers have been getting the year's crops seeded. Some areas are more than 85 per cent done. The weather has not been all that good. It has been a long, cold spring. Nevertheless crops are emerging to face the elements. The fields will need some moisture soon.

A recent heavy rain washed out some seeded fields and filled ditches and meadows. Heavy rainfall in the Alberta Rocky Mountains has created flood conditions on the North Saskatchewan River and Battle River. Finlayson Island and other low areas are flooded and will be until the river goes down.

Most gardens have been planted and gardeners are looking for warmer weather and sunshine. Care should be taken in setting out bedding plants as most nights dip down to near frost. It may take a good sharp frost to clear the air.

Its nice to see the trees green and grass growing like crazy. Some areas are yellow with pesky dandelions, but they do add colour to spring.

Pesky ticks seem to be all over the place. Take care while around older trees, tall dead grasses and weeds. The ticks are just waiting to take advantage of people as well as dogs and wild animals. Do a thorough check when you come in from outdoors.

Sympathy goes out to the Custer and Kanz families of Battlefords on the recent passing of Harley Custer on May 25 at Battlefords Union Hospital. He was 89 years old. Born in Sonningdale, he spent most of his younger  years at Baljennie where he attended the old Baljennie School. He moved to Biggar to become a CNR train conductor for a good number of years. He married Nona Bess, then moved to British Columbia where he still worked for CNR, travelling back to Biggar. They retired to live in Battleford. Nona passed away a few years ago. t

They had a family of two children. Later he resided at Battlefords Regional Care Centre. Over the years Harley had many hobbies. A small family graveside service will be held at Biggar at a later date.

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