More in Disaster & Drought

  • Jul 18, 2012

    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

    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

    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
  • Dry Corn Photo Courtesy of Farm Industry News
    Jun 28, 2012

    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

    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

    “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

    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
  • May 24, 2012

    Three Challenges To Cow-Calf Profitability

    Given the incredibly strong market fundamentals at the current time, it’s been said that only three things could keep the cow-calf producer from being profitable the next couple of years...More
  • May 8, 2012

    When It Rains, It Pours

    Irony is hurrying to get the field worked and planted before the rain comes in, only to be rewarded for that extra hustle with a flash flood a few days later. It’s signing the lease on a pasture for summer grazing and watching it pool with water. It’s living on top of a hill and having a flooded basement....More
  • Apr 27, 2012

    The Myth Of Managing For Drought 6

    Ranchers tend to be optimists by nature. You have to be, when two of the biggest drivers of your profitability are markets and weather – two factors that are largely out of your control. Hopes for spring and summer are shaping up in some quarters to be anxious ones, as some university specialists are already beginning to advise producers on preparing for drought....More

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