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Heather Hamilton-Maude: Life’s cheerleaders

June 23, 2017 — We all need cheerleaders in life. Those precious people who believe in us no matter what, who are proud of us and confident in our abilities even when we aren't. I've been blessed with a lot more of those people than most, and one that […]

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BeefTalk: How Early is Too Early to Wean?

June 23, 2017 — Can I wean 90-day-old calves that weigh 300 pounds? The answer is yes. Dry weather has made this – and variations – the question of the day. In an ideal world, mother and calf should enjoy green pastures from birth until weaning at about 7 […]

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Jan Swan Wood: Belle Fourche Roundup, barrel series, youth rodeos, ranch rodeos, tornado damage, bull riding

June 22, 2017 — Summer is here for sure! Between the wild thunderstorms and nose flies, there's no doubt! The grass sure has greened up here on Dry Creek since the recent rains. It won't make hay but it's at least making grass, which is mighty welcome. June 30th […]

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Lee Pitts: Old Crows & Wild Turkeys

June 20, 2017 — "Do you happen to know what kind of bird that is sitting on the back of your cow there?" asked the trespassing tourist, peering through a pair of high dollar binoculars. "Around here we call them cow birds," I replied. "It is quite a common […]

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Baxter Black: Balin’ Wheat

June 20, 2017 — Glen said J.T. liked old pickups, too. But sometimes they had a mind of their own. Early one summer morning J.T. loaded his good dog, Sam, and headed down to the wheat field. It had been cut and he planned on balin' some wheat straw […]

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BeefTalk: Prepare for Early Weaning

June 16, 2017 — The impact of drought is dominating the news, but producers need to be careful to not overreact. The best reaction is to strengthen the grazing plan and have a drought response plan. Every grazing day brings an opportunity for rain – and rain will come […]

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Lee Pitts: As I recall

June 13, 2017 — "What are you in for?" asked the cold-looking culprit, as if this was my first day in prison and he was to be my new best friend: my cell mate. But we weren't in jail, we were in the lobby of the dealership where we […]

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Baxter Black: Handyman Jacks

June 13, 2017 — People develop a morbid relationship with the most unlikely things. "Git rid of that horse, Newt! It's bound to kill ya someday!" But Newt keeps saddlin' up the widow maker. "Don't be eatin' those chilis, Newt! Ya know they'll keep you up all night!" But […]

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Ranch rodeos, Elshere laid up, team roping, barrel racing, bronc riding, calf roping

June 13, 2017 — Hallelujah! There's been some rain over our region. A wonderful 1.8 inches fell here on Dry Creek. I feel for all of those who went through the bad part of that storm with the hail and tornadoes. It's an awfully hard way to get moisture. […]

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Farm Management Minute: Best Secret on the Prairie

June 9, 2017 — As an instructor with the SD Center of Farm/Ranch Management (SDCFRM) program, I am not sure I am proud of the title of this article. In the past few months, I have signed up a number of new participants and, after working with them the […]

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Lee Pitts: Unreal Estate

June 9, 2017 — Being a ranch realtor these days must be difficult because they must appeal to two distinct types of buyers. There are the lifestyle buyers who could care less about about a ranch's carrying capacity, and then there are the ranchers who have pulled the wool […]

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Baxter Black: Sandhills Savior

June 9, 2017 — In the sandhills of Nebraska stands a monument of wills Where man has staked his claim to them blowin', rollin' hills Where the buffalo once scattered in the bunch grass, belly deep, A whiteface calf, contented, sucks his mama, half asleep. But you cannot know […]

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Wean early and save 25% of pasture forage

June 8, 2017 — Did you know you can save more than 25 percent of available forage by weaning calves early? The current dryness affecting the land has caused all livestock producers to review options. For some in a drought situation, the only real solution is rain. But producers […]

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Dr. Barz: Controlling flies helps the bottom line

June 8, 2017 — The recent rains were great for the pastures in our area, (eastern South Dakota) but the crop farmers are a bit frustrated. Strangely, you need to only travel a few miles from our area to reach a drought area. Many producers north of us have […]

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Greatest thing was the people

June 7, 2017 — This is Tony Jones. I never truly thanked you for the great article about my ride across the heartland of America to solve the problems our heroes are facing. The greatest thing about this ride was not anything I did it was the great people […]

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Outside Circle: Junior rodeos, horse racing, playdays, barrel races, rodeos

June 7, 2017 — Took a little drive around the area last weekend and saw some country that made me feel a lot better about how it looks here on Dry Creek. The wind has a been a tiresome reminder of the drought and it's showing on the grass […]

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BeefTalk: The Wind, Soil and Grass Are Dry

June 2, 2017 — On the drive home this past weekend, I saw green grass. Once home, I felt the dry wind and dry grass and saw seeded fields that were not experiencing much growth. In this part of the world, dryness is here. Throughout the years, I regularly […]

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John Nalivka: Profits for every sector of the red meat and livestock industry

June 2, 2017 — As a general statement, the beef industry is profitable. The same is true for the pork industry. While my margin assessment is judged against only variable costs and inclusion of long term debt would show a different result, the current situation is both quite remarkable […]

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Outside Circle: Windy, horse shows, high school rodeo, Amish auction, bull riding, grass founder

May 31, 2017 — If wind made grass grow we'd be in great shape! It's getting awfully dry around the region, though there are some spots that have had some really good moisture. I'm not on one of those spots, sadly. It's still green, but a few more warm […]

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Greg Lardy: Drought Management Principles Haven’t Changed

May 31, 2017 — Heading into the first week of June, it appears many parts of the Dakotas, northeastern Wyoming, and the very easternmost counties in Montana are abnormally dry. While there is still ample time for rainfall in June while our forages are actively growing, it is troubling […]

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