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April 28, 2014 Agriculture Column

Howdy!!!

Yuck, the weather!!!!  Even the doom and gloom I can put up with, but the wind gets so tiring and it seems to blow mock ten nearly every day.  I heard that even our weather people that talk about the weather during the winter months are talking of different weather, for the spring and summer, than what the predicted over the winter months.  At our annual crop improvement meeting it was said that the months of July, August and September would be dry and very hot with record breaking temperatures, now they have changed their tune a bit and talking of an El Nino forming near the equator and thus the higher likelihood of above average moisture and strong storms over the growing season.  All I can say is, give some kind of normal weather, whatever normal is.  I can remember back, in my farming days, is that normal was a thunderstorm that produced 1 of rain, give or take a little.  Now days it seems to come in big amounts and then of course everything drowns and floods. 

Crary NDawn

The past month found a change at the Crary NDawn station that I do not like, the change from call in to now technology; meaning now to obtain current weather information you will need to log in the station using one of you internet providers.  The current weather can now be obtained by logging into the following address:  http://ndawn.ndsu.nodak.edu/station-info.html?station=18.  You can also obtain the other information at the main Crary login at http://ndawn.ndsu.nodak.edu/10/crary.html.   Sorry about the inconvenience for those of you without smart phones and there are still many of you so don’t feel alone.

Cattle market!!

The cattle market has been very good for the cattle producer over the past few years and now would be an excellent time to clean up that cow herd.  I saw in the market report last week, Lake Region Livestock, that there was a charolais bull weighing in at 2600 pounds and bring $123/pound.  The same holds true for the slaughter cow market.  Why fight those cows that have a bad attitude, during the calving season or those cows that never deliver a prize winning calf in the fall or a cow that has a udder that is less than desirable.  With these kind of prices you could easily improve genetics in your cowherd with out much of an additional cost.  Think about that cow that lost her calf this spring and the saying “she is just to good to get rid of”  and what that cow really costs you keep over until the next calving season.  “Time to clean up”.

 

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