More in Disaster & Drought

  • 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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    Jun 28, 2012
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    Concerns Over The Corn Crop Begin To Mount

    An early spring, favorable planting conditions and early moisture all pointed to a great grain crop for 2012. But continuing dry weather has dampened early enthusiasm, making many folks nervous about prospects for the final crop. Not the least of these are cattle feeders, most of whom are not as far out in front of the corn market as they traditionally have been....More
  • Jun 21, 2012
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    I Don't Want To Talk About Drought 1

    In respect to weather and forage conditions, 2012 seems to be a replay of 2011, with different regions affected. In fact, USDA’s most recent report on pasture conditions found that the situation is actually worse than a year ago at this time. Still, U.S. ranchers are nothing if not an optimistic bunch....More
  • Jun 14, 2012
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    “Doing Great, But We Need Rain” 5

    The weatherman continues to talk hopefully about rain, early monsoons, etc., but the moisture situation is beginning to get critical in some parts of cattle country. Increasingly, it’s looking more and more like 2012 will be another year that was positioned for expansion, but the expansion was stalled by a lack of feed and high hay costs....More
  • Jun 8, 2012
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    The Drought Dilemma 2

    The hard questions that cattlemen in some parts of the country had to answer last year are resurfacing in other regions this year. There is something particularly cruel about drought, because it works its damage in such an extended time frame....More

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