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ISSUE DATE: 11/07/2011

Weathering the drought

By Lesa Teer

After a brutal summer, pastures in the southern and High Plains states are beginning to look a lot alike--dead, dry, dusty and burnt. Cows out to pasture are growing thin, both in numbers and nutrition, and producers are selling out at an alarming rate.

Mark Bechthold of Booker, Texas, has already sold 220 head of his cow herd. "I'll probably end up selling about 90 percent," he said. "I've got a few left that are bred but I'll probably end up selling them also."

With little relief in the way of summer rainfall, pasture conditions are declining rapidly, leaving many producers with culling or feeding as their only options. Some, like Bechthold, have Conservation Reserve Program grazing land to fall back on--but even that isn't a long-term option.

"I've relied on the CRP because my native grass never did grow any over the summer due to the drought," Bechthold said. "The CRP is coming close to being over with and I didn't want to have to feed them all winter."


NEWS

AFBF heralds Obama's signing of trade pacts
Ag committees recommend $23B cut
AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program seeks its second class
American Farmland Trust releases assessment
America's Farmers Grow Communities applications due Nov. 30
Beginning Farmer Program webinars available
Bill aims to prevent EPA dust regulation
Exporting natural gas
FCA Board approves charter for new service corporation
Food for Thought to feature Miss America Teresa Scanlan
Funds awarded to UNL Food Processing Center
Grain elevator explosion claims 6 lives
Kansas Bioscience Authority Board of Directors approves investments
Kansas receives USDA grants to promote healthy eating, physical activity
K-State entomology graduate student honored
Landshire expands Nike sandwich recall
Make sure lenders, tax prepares stay up-to-date
NASS reduces agricultural estimation programs
National Weather Service honors Extension center
NCBA, PLC praise EPA dust decision
New CAB website designed for producers
NIH awards grant for food safety training
Northern Beef plant now set for Dec. opening
OSU presents Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award
Phillips-Rooks District Extension to host fall programs
Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary offered
Predicting grassland wildfires
President signs FTAs with Colombia, Panama and South Korea
Prevent spread of listeria bacteria
Producers encouraged to sign up for conservation dollars
Proposed regulations may mean big changes for farm youth labor
Report identifies challenges, opportunities for local food system
Researchers examine rice genes for rice blast resistance
Sen. Blunt applauds passage of appropriations bill
Summer flood is still a hot topic along Missouri River
SURE sign-up begins Nov. 14
The news no one wanted
Treating fire ant mounds
Triumph of Ag Expo set for early 2012
USDA terminates several agriculture surveys
Vilsack to keynote 2012 Commodity Classic
Wind Power Conference announces keynote speakers

CROPS

Aluminum toxicity may cause poor wheat growth, vigor
Booms for John Deere sprayers increase productivity
Check canola for effectiveness of seed treatments on aphids
Corn, soybean input costs expected to climb
Extension agents weigh in on wheat crop condition
Extension experts: Sprinkler audits a must
Grains breeder to give IANR Heuermann Lecture
Hay directory connects producers and buyers
Iowa Commodity Challenge launches in mid-November
KDA, K-State to host sessions on water rights in drought
Maintain quality of corn with proper storage management
Measure to fund watershed, flood prevention programs passes
National Wheat Improvement Committee selects leaders
New broccoli breeds packed with health benefits
Panhandle Farm and Ranch Management Symposium set for Nov. 30
Precision Ag 2.0 conference set for February 2012
Registrations approved for alfalfa weevil control
Resource helps 'spell out' economic variables of irrigation systems
Soybean Board to meet, elect officers
Turfgrass trials focus on drought, salinity stress tolerance
Using a strip-till, legume-cover crop system
Water Right Transition Assistance Pilot Project Program open
Wheat growers urge quick implementation of FTAs
Workshop to address future of Colorado ranching

LIVESTOCK

American Royal rodeo nominated for award
Association promotes bison advantage at FFA convention
AYHC reminds horse owners to give extra care during cold, wet weather
Beef Board helps state beef councils with compliance reviews
Calling young sheep entrepreneurs
Cattle producers prepare for another dry winter
Cattleman selects Salers for crossbreeding program
Cattlemen's meeting will introduce new specialist
Certified Angus Beef brand records high marks
Champions parade in American Royal Gelbvieh Show
County Horse Council to host town meeting
Expert: Hay test can lead to more efficient feeding during drought
Grant to focus on integration of sheep in organic farming systems
Hungry cattle turn to acorns, face poisoning
Internship offered for Red & White junior members
ISU renames swine teaching farm for long-time manager
Keystone Hereford champions named
Livestock Symposium features variety of speakers
Looking at the beef industry in 2012 and beyond
Meeting will cover feeder cattle evaluation
MSGA to host convention, trade show in December
NCBA offers travel fellowships to young producers
Poultry litter prices rise
Project investigates effects of targeted grazing
Ranch Practicum team receives grant to aid beginning ranchers
Reward offered in cattle mutilation case
Sheep center issues grants
Sheep study could shed light on human pregnancies
Symposium to feature sheep and meat goat experts
Test herd for trich
Top cowboys hope to rope 2011 world title
USDA selects veterinary school loan repayment awardees
UW Horse Judging Team member claims overall honor, team second
Veterinary science resources give kids early start on animal health careers
Waste not, want not when feeding hay to cattle
Weathering the drought
Youth show champion livestock, earn scholarships

EDITOR

Brownback: Expanding trade one handshake at a time
Silent spring or duplicative permitting?
Vilsack: Farm bill priorities

COLUMNS

Everywhere you look is a friend
Good intentions gone bad?
It is bacteria versus people
Just a scoop full
Just a scoop full
New hybrids debut in 2012
Sharing power with China

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Bloomfield feeder cattle auction
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Cooler weather brings topsoil moisture concerns
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dry conditions continue as harvest finishes
Dry days and cold nights affect winter wheat crop
Ericson livestock auction report
Fall weather helps crop progress
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain bids close lower
Grain market close
Harvest progress nearly complete
Hay trade moderate
Hay trade mostly moderate to steady
Heavy snow in southeast
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Missouri corn harvest nearly complete
Much of row crop harvest completed
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Range conditions mostly very poor
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Snow halts harvest
Springfield livestock auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat and canola in fair condition
Winter wheat crops progress due to recent rainfall
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Huron cattle sales report

FAMILY

Apples a plenty
Avoid costly mistake when buying car, truck
Be aware of sodium levels in foods
Beef checkoff promotes summer grilling with retailers
Boy Scouts receive community investment donation
CAB offers $20K in beef scholarships
Calculate net worth to evaluate financial health
Choose a contractor for seasonal heating and cooling checks
Dutiful defrosting helps keep foods safe during thaw
Extension program will cover MyPlate, healthy eating
Fall and winter beauty in the garden
Fall chores can make healthy lawns
I love him, but I don't like him
Include health care directives in estate plan
Landscaping for Landscapers workshop offered
Learning from the kids
Meditation for 11-7-11
National 4-H Council receives grants for mentoring programs
NMSU Extension home economists host national conference
Pack school lunches safely
Plant trees, shrubs this fall for best results
Prepare houseplants for winter
Prepare strawberry plants for winter
Putting the garden and landscape to bed for winter
Recommendations for cleaning siding have changed
Soup's on
Staples teams up with Food Bank Network to combat hunger
Trenton 1 mixes contemporary, rambler style
Winterizing your lawn

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