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'Better' grass is a matter of perspective


(July 10)—My banker called me yesterday and said he was going to come out where I live. He said he wanted to look at my grass, as he had read in this column that our grass looked good. I had to correct him and say, “No, I didn’t say it looked good. I said it looked better, and there is a difference.” You would have had to see how bad the grass looked before if you were going to appreciate how it looks now. But since then I went back to the pasture to check the water and it is drying up fast.

I was talking to a friend who farms and it was time to cut his wheat, but with the drought it looked terrible. The insurance adjuster said he had to cut it. They both argued so he took his combine out and proceeded to try to cut this wheat that was 6 inches to a foot tall. He called the insurance man back and said, “I quit.” He said he had the grain truck sitting there but didn’t need it, as he had cut for quite a while and only had the bin full on the combine. Finally, the adjuster came back out and appraised the wheat at 2 1/2 bushels per acre. The farmer then proceeded to burn the wheat, but there wasn’t enough stubble to even keep it burning. Earlier the adjuster had told him that field would make 20 bushels. The farmer said he was pretty close, but instead of 20 bushes per acre it was 20 bushels total.

At the coffee shop this morning, again we covered a lot of topics. The conversation turned to a lady in town who got very mad at another person. I jokingly asked one ole rancher, “Have you ever dealt with a mad woman?” His answer was, “Well, not for long.”

A friend of mine several years ago reminded me that the good Lord takes care of widows and fools. My response was good because I fit in that category. And yes, you are right. I have never been married.

The cattle market is going good, with a lot of our better cows bringing 82 to 84 per hundredweight with some higher. Four good straight slaughter bulls brought $106.25 cwt. Feeder cattle have gotten higher every week for the past month, and it looks like it should be better this week also. I asked a friend who feeds cattle and owns a feedlot what looked like the best thing to put on feed. He said most everything looked like they would lose $75 per head at best. These smaller feedlots can’t stay in business and lose money like they have.

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

Date: 7/15/2013



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