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January 6, 2014 Agriculture Column


B---R----R----R---R---R!!!  What a month of December and now the first days of January.  I can remember many cold days in the past years but for some reason this past 4 weeks seemed a bit out of control.  For the cattle person, it definitely slowed down cattle performance; however good bedding and lots of it really helps reduce the rate of gain loss.  The weather also makes it very miserable to do any grain marketing.  I have seen many rigs struggling or stopped with gelled fuel lines or filters.  It was also a said day on Sunday night as the old Peavy Elevator(now Dakota Dry Bean) went up in flames.  It was still burning, as of Monday morning.  I can remember doing a lot of purchasing livestock feed supplies from that location.  I needed to take Deb to work Sunday night and could not help but wonder how the firefighters survived through those frigid temperatures.  I very much hope non one was seriously injured in the fight to contain the fire.   These folks really deserve a round of applause and gratitude for their unforgiving work towards trying to either save a building or at least contain that property and also protect the lives of everyone involved.  Great wok to all involved with such a group.

Just a reminder that Lake Region Extension Roundup, starting today and tomorrow, will be off and running.  There are many good educational programs scheduled and will provide good information for your farming business.  So, hope to see there on Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th.  I would also like to thank all of our supporters of Roundup, without them we could not afford to have the speakers and meals that we offer.  THANK YOU. 


Finally Happy New Year to each and everyone of you and may you all have a very safe and prosperous 2014.  

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