More in Disaster & Drought

  • Aug 31, 2012
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    Corn Crop Continues To Jangle Industry Nerves 1

    Because of the widespread nature of this summer’s drought, the implications for the U.S. beef industry go far beyond the effect that corn will have on calf prices this fall. Of course, the difference between $8/bu. and $10/bu. corn is monumental in the short term, but the greatest impact for the cattle industry is likely to be in the long term....More
  • Aug 28, 2012
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    BEEF Veterinarian Provides Top Nine Drought Tips 1

    Times of drought are no time for business as usual. Here are tips for planning ahead for next year and thinking outside the box for this year. Here are nine drought-management tips by BEEF veterinarian columnist Mark Hilton....More
  • Aug 28, 2012
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    Your Herd’s Economic Base Will Determine Your Drought Strategy

    Each ranch operator must figure his herd’s economic base when launching a drought management plan. And in many parts of the country, a drought management plan is a necessity today....More
  • Aug 23, 2012
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    Survive Today And Prosper Tomorrow 4

    The future undoubtedly will bring record prices for the beef industry – and, if Mother Nature cooperates, record profits. The trick is that one has to survive the current challenge to get to that point. But the decline in numbers also presents some long-term challenges....More
  • Aug 22, 2012
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    Newspaper Tells Readers To Go Vegan During Drought 50

    It seems the drought is all we talk about, and rightly so. The nation is in the worst drought it has seen in 50 years, with two-thirds of the U.S. experiencing hot, dry weather that is scorching crops, drying up pastures and raising prices for producers and consumers alike....More
  • Aug 15, 2012
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    How Are You Managing Your Cattle In This Drought?

    It’s hard to ignore the impacts the drought is having on farmers and ranchers across the country. Corn is being cut for silage, cows are already being fed winter forage supplies, pastures have dried up, and forest and grass fires are quickly devouring acres of land. And there’s little relief in sight. As a result, producers have to make adjustments to their usual management plans....More
  • Aug 9, 2012
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    Election-Year Politics Will Decide Drought Aid 1

    Agriculture isn’t a top-level issue in national politics anymore. We’ve done such a good job of producing food and fiber that our numbers are just too small. But the 2012 drought puts those up for re-election in a bit of a quandary – how do you cut the deficit but earmark funds to help those impacted by the drought?...More
  • Aug 3, 2012
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    Is It Too Late For Drought Planning?

    One of the oldest sayings in business is “Fail to plan and plan to fail.” While that’s good advice, it’s impossible to plan for every contingency. Still, having a plan in place for major natural disasters is a good idea. Question is, is it too late for this drought?...More
  • Aug 3, 2012
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    Drought Mitigation Is Now The Watchword 3

    Every day that goes by brings another day of devastating drought to much of cattle country. While ranchers have faced hard times before, this year is shaping up to be one for the record books. However, while it’s impossible to go through a drought unscathed, you can minimize the damage....More

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