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November 7, 2011 Agriculture Column


The weather this morning reminds us of future things to come but we have been blessed with the fall weather we have had and as one producer said “the nice thing about snow is it makes you quit”.  The fall weather has been very good for getting our falls work completed on time, for a change.  It has been so long since we have a had a fall like this.  Field work is basically complete, however we do have a few acres of corn left to harvest and some hay bales to get in but wow what a fall.  Some producers have even been busy getting their spring fertilizer in place, taking some heat off of the spring season.  Besides if we get 200 inches of snow as “someone” has predicted we will be wet and waiting for the ground to dry.  This is the wonderful thing of living in North Dakota as we never know what is on the horizon for precipitation.  I did get out to help Thomas do some fall cultivation and was very surprised how much some areas have dried.

Here we are again, due to the above statements about the fall season, many cattle producers have worked their calves or getting close.  The markets would indicate a great return to the cattlemen, this marketing year.  Would this be the year to background your calves or with these extremely high cattle prices would it be the year to sell the calves off the cows?  I would stay in touch with the local livestock market.  Jim and Mary Zeigler own and managed a strong livestock sale barn and do a great job of not only getting your quality cattle but sniffing out those cattle buyers looking for our cattle.  I don’t remember but it seems there was a time last marketing year Jim had 10-12 different cattle buyers present.  Talk to Jim and the staff and they would be very willing to help you with some insight of things to come, with cattle markets.



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