Demand is Up for Hay
By Norm Jones
All summer long the weather has been tough on farmers. They say the drought-like conditions will continue to make it hard on those who feed hay to their animals. Farmers in Lycoming and Montour counties say a shortage of hay will force record prices. Larry Fry mowed through a field of alfalfa hay near Muncy Wednesday feeling fortunate for a few recent days of rain. Without it the grass wouldn’t be as lush and green and his 100 cows wouldn’t have as much food this winter.
“”Most of the guys around here that have cattle aren’t selling. They’re holding on to what they’ve got,” Fry said.
Land-starved livestock get access to grazing areas
By Dawn House
The Salt Lake Tribune
Federal “grass banks” in five counties have been released for emergency grazing as ranchers struggle to feed their livestock after record wildfires and drought.
Ranchers who have taken their land out of production in exchange for government payments will soon be able to open property for their own livestock and their neighbors’ cattle in Juab, Cache, Box Elder, Millard and San Juan counties.
The number of conservation lands to be released and how long cattle can graze will be determined by local managers, said Bruce Richeson, Utah director for the U.S. Farm Service Agency, which overseas the conservation program.
Producers support permanent disaster legislation
By Sue Roesler
Farm and Ranch Guide
MANDAN, N.D. n Kevin Schmidt knows all about crop disaster and the need for a permanent disaster bill in the upcoming 2007 Farm Bill.
“Last year my corn was about as high as a thermos. It was unbelievable,” he said, showing a picture of his 2006 corn that he chops for cattle feed on his farm/ranch 11 miles south of Mandan in southcentral North Dakota.
“2006 was the worst year I’ve ever seen. The dugouts were so dry I had to haul water up to the cattle three times a day,” he added.
Schmidt was forced to liquidate cows because of the lack of feed, leaving him with about 40 less calves this year. His other crops, like the wheat that grew spindly and sparse, were totally devastated by the summer drought that touched most areas in the region, including surrounding states and many other parts of the U.S.
Korea bans beef from Dodge City Cargill plant
South Korea, Asia’s second-biggest beef importer, said it blocked a U.S. meat delivery for the second time this week after a Cargill Inc. shipment contained bones that ar e banned because of concern for mad-cow disease.
The prohibited ribs were found in a shipment of 18.1 metric tons, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said today in an e-mailed statement. The entire shipment will be returned and the plant will be barred from shipping to South Korea, it said.
Cargill spokesman Mark Klein said there was one box of bone-in beef ribs in a 1,188-box shipment of otherwise boneless chuck produced at the company’s plant in Dodge City. Cargill will investigate and prepare a report on the inadvertent shipment for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he said. Cargill is the second-largest U.S. beef packer.
Banned ribs were discovered earlier this week in a shipment of 15.5 tons of beef from the former Swift & Co. plant in Grand Island, Neb., which was also excluded from the market, the ministry said.
More Utah cattle shot with arrows
Reported by: Annie Cutler, ABC 4 News
There has been a second incident of cows being shot in less than a week. ABC 4 first reported six cows shot with arrows in Strawberry Valley. This time, a cow suffered similar injuries from an arrow at Hobble Creek in Springville.
A cow was shot through the back of her neck with an arrow over the weekend. It’s the latest in a string of cow shootings. Ranchers say they’re angry and appalled by this violence. Calvin Crandall, a rancher and member of the Utah Cattlemen’s Association says, “It’s like me walking up to you and just slugging you in the arm or hitting you in the nose just because you’re there.”
Ethanol plants bringing change to farming industry
The ethanol industry is growing, but it still has challenges.
According to industry leaders, corn ethanol is impacting not only corn growers, but small towns and gas stations that people use everyday.
The Bismarck Cenex station said a year or so ago, there were over 30 gas stations across the state that sold E85.
Now it said that number has dropped to 20-plus.
According to them, the reason is because getting enough ethanol out to stations at a low enough price hasn`t been working.
Today, a group of industry leaders met to discuss this problem at the state capitol.
3,000 tons of silage: It ain’t hay
Local farmers come to the aid of those hit hard by drought
By MICHAEL YODER, Staff
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. – A steady stream of trucks has made the trip back a small dirt lane on a farm outside Atglen for the last four days, all for the cause of helping fellow farmers.
Vehicles filled to the brim with corn silage dump their loads into a 25-foot deep pit, where it will be stored until the fall. The silage comes from farms in Lancaster and Chester counties, mostly around the towns of Atglen, Parkesburg and Gap.
In all, 3,000 tons of silage — roughly the equivalent of 120 acres of corn — will end up in the pit by next week before it makes its way into the barns of Pennsylvania farmers suffering from this summer’s summer drought.
“It turned out to be quite an undertaking,” said Aldie King, a Gap resident who has overseen the project since it started on Sunday.