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By Jerry Nine

(Sept. 12)--Most of our area is clinging to the chance for moisture these next few days. Our immediate area will have to get rain very soon for us to have any chance for wheat pasture. To the east and southeast 100 miles they probably have two extra weeks before their chances diminish. A lot of my farmland is marginal quality anyway and most farmers that farm very good soil would not farm what I farm. That reminds me of a quarter of a section that my neighbor owned. It laid right in the middle of my pasture. When I bought the grass on one side of his quarter, he informed me that the place I bought was very marginal and then he said it was pretty light. I was not going to give him the satisfaction of telling me it was sorrier than I thought so I said, "I knew it wasn't that good when I bought it." I told him a year later that if he ever wanted to sell his quarter I would try to buy it. He said, "That is a pretty blame good quarter." I wanted to say, "I don't know how it could be that great and be in the middle of all that sorry land." Sometimes it depends on whether it is yours or mine as to how good it is.

Our cow killing market was sure better this past week. It seemed $3 to $5 per hundredweight better. Feeder cattle are somewhat limited with about half as many or less than normal. We sold some 5-year-old short bred cows Tuesday that were a little wild that sure would have brought $150 per head more if they had been gentle. Some of them will gentle down in the pasture. But a lot of them will still get very nervous when you handle them. As far as feeder cattle, wild ones will cost you a lot of weight, which is often dollars when you sell them, let alone make you cuss more. I know a lot of you liked those wild females when you were younger, but now that you are older and married hopefully you will concentrate on gentle ones.

Every state where there are two big colleges almost always has a rivalry. For the first year and a half I attended--or should I say I was enrolled at--Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Naturally OU and OSU are big rivals. I saw a shirt that I liked the other day. It said, "God said he would lead you beside still water, not Norman"

Editor's note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family's ranch near Laverne, Okla.

Date: 9/17/2012


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