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  • 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
  • Jul 23, 2012
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    Ranchers Plan On Early Weaning 4

    With the drought drying up summer grasses, scorching the corn crop and limiting feed resources for cattlemen, many are already culling their cow-calf pairs instead of paying for high-priced hay. For those who stick it out, many will be forced to feed winter feed stores this summer and move cattle to pastures that wouldn’t normally be utilized until the fall....More
  • Jul 20, 2012
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    Will The 2012 Drought Reshape Our Industry? 13

    When the subsidization of ethanol began, it was assumed that the beef industry would have to shrink by 10% or more, but the addition of drought has magnified the impact and risks. The focus now becomes just how far the U.S. beef industry can contract without beginning to lose major infrastructure....More
  • Jul 19, 2012
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    Mother Nature Throws A Wrench Into 2012 1

    On the heels of last year’s disastrous drought in the Southwest, a promising spring crop forecast has devolved into a looming disaster as high heat and lack of moisture cook Midwest grain fields....More
  • Jul 18, 2012
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    Check Out Our Drought Management Page 4

    Economists are calling this the worst drought since 1956. Consumers will soon be paying top-dollar for their groceries as the corn crop sizzles, and ranchers cull their cows as feed resources run short. According to the National Climatic Data Center, 55% of the country is in a moderate to extreme drought as of the end of June....More
  • Jul 13, 2012
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    Drought Means More Beef In The Short Term

    Increasing supplies of beef in the short term are likely as drought-induced culling and lighter placements continue for another year. But those same drought concerns are darkening prospects for the bin-busting crop predicted earlier in the growing season....More
  • Jul 11, 2012
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    Study Herd Performance In Developing A Drought Strategy

    How your herd has been performing economically should play a critical role in your drought management plan. Producers need to know the economic performance of their beef cowherd during its last normal year before they formulate their optimal drought strategy for this year....More
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