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By Jerry Nine

(March 13)--Every day this past week the wheat looks better. Even the winter grass in some spots grew an inch or two in one day. It makes even the most negative farmer feel better. This will be very interesting as there is a very large area that has culled their cow numbers very heavy. And I realize that we are not set up for the long term as we definitely need more moisture, but we do have a great start. Sometimes we have to experience the bad before we remember to appreciate the good. It will be interesting to see how high that bred cows and pairs get. Normally, one extreme follows another. The one thing that worked in our favor for this area was when we first started culling for the drought. Our surrounding neighbor states were fine and came to our area, and bought our bred cow pairs and even open younger cows to breed. Otherwise we would have had to sell at very cheap prices and now replace at high prices. A drought is tough enough to survive without that. I hear a lot of farmers and ranchers grumbling about losing their equity because of the drought along with high feed and no grass. And it is a problem. Hopefully, we can continue to get moisture and have a chance to make some money.

If you believe in God, never be too proud to say thank you. I often peel an apple or wash off grapes for my boys. But never do I hand to to them unless they say thank you. Several years ago one of my boys was going to be stubborn and not say thank you. I wheeled around very fast and said, "I will throw it in the trash if you are that stubborn." They know they have one second to say thank you. That's not a very hard word for any of us. So I do want to say thank you God for the moisture.

Our feeder cattle and calf numbers have bunched up a little but will probably only last a couple of weeks. In a normal year coming off wheat we would have four or five weeks as large as these two weeks will be. If you count two large weeks plus almost no one had a sale the week before, and the two weeks before that were very small and average all five weeks together--those numbers would average about 3,000 less than a normal wheat run. And a lot of the feeder cattle sold for several months came out of feedlots or growing lots so our numbers reported could be very misleading as a lot of cattle would get counted twice.

Someone asked me the other day if I knew how to tell a snowman from a snow woman. They said, "Look for snowballs."

Date: 3/18/2013

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