The Fraser Community enjoyed five days of sunny weather last week. The clouds appeared on Saturday and we woke up to rain on Sunday morning. It was just what the fields and gardens needed.
Marie Armitage reported that she and Gerry have leased their farm ground to Mike and Linda Jackson this year. She recalled that Bill and Mick Jackson farmed their land at one time and now it’s back in the hands of another generation of Jacksons. The Jackson’s were busy working up the soil and have planted Orchard Grass.
The Brown Farm has been busy fertilizing the wheat fields and spraying for weeds. They also planted Canola and spring wheat.
The guys from the Clearwater Highway District were busy on Monday. The grader was used to level the gravel in front of our farm.
Steve has put our Gravely garden tractor to work mowing the grass for the first time. Our John Deere zero-turn lawn mower needed more attention after we brought it home for repairs. Steve had to fix some additional problems.
I sent an invitation to attend the “Six for Tea” event again this year. Last year it was cancelled due to the pandemic. It was held at the Pierce Community Center on Sunday and I joined Nichole Jared at her table. Her other guests were Rhonda Gangewer, Samantha and Addyson Stuart and Nichole’s daughter, Rilee.
After the courses of savory and sweet items were enjoyed, I interviewed the senior girls from Timberline Schools and the Gem cadet from the Academy and wished them good luck as they graduate and make the choice of what to do next.
Mother’s Day is on May 9 and Sherry Cakes and Bouquets will have a variety of plants to choose from. Her store hours will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. starting on May 3 through Saturday, May 8. You will have a choice of beautiful hanging plants, some bedding plants, or fresh cut flowers. Delivery will be available. Sherry can be reached at 208-435-4793.
The Opinion page of the April 23 issue of the Capital Press carried an article by Bryan Searle, president of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation.
It was entitled, “Dam Breaching Proposal is a Terrible Idea”. Searle talked about how the removal of the four Lower Snake River Dams would not only affect agriculture, but would also result in higher power costs for everyone in the Pacific Northwest. He referred to a study commissioned by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, a nonprofit group that represents a diverse coalition of 135 groups in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
Removing the dams would significantly increase diesel fuel consumption because barges would be replaced by less efficient truck and rail shipment.
The study found that shifting transportation of commodities from barges to truck and rail would increase carbon and other emissions by more than 1.3 million tons per year. That’s the same as adding 181,899 passenger cars or 90,365 homes.
According to the study it would take about 35,000 rail cars or 135,000 semi-trucks to move all the cargo that is barged on the Snake River. The impact of removing the dams is a situation that needs a lot more study.
Something to think about!
Scott and Loretta Musgrave send Happy Birthday Greetings to their grandson Tanner Scott Musgrave on May 8.
Shirley Lutes sends Happy Birthday Greetings to her great grandson Brylan Lutes on May 9.
Happy Birthday Greetings go out to John Marks on May 11.