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For the Week of
December 30, 1999

Weather Provided Many Benefits

The fall weather of 1999 offered many benefits for numerous phases of employment. Construction made huge gains in meeting their contracts. Agriculture producers were also able to complete much of the fall tillage that was in their plans. Maintenance on many areas was completed that normally has to wait for a dry period following harvest.

The last two economic years for production agriculture were lean. Producers need assistance available from any source to assist with the economic squeeze. Favorable weather conditions definitely added its assistance for many producers.

The lack of moisture in July and August meant many producers had to provide additional feed for livestock. This brought about a major concern for many livestock producers regarding the amount available forage. However, in many areas we have seen this change and presently there is more available grazing in predominately fescue fields than was available in the late summer months. This definitely stretched the feed supply for many producers.

Water still remains a problem for many producers. However, the warmer than expected temperatures have assisted greatly by reducing the depth of ice on many ponds. This reduction in the depth of ice thickness so far has prevented many watering sources from freezing dry. A watering problem still remains for many producers. However each passing day with warmer temperatures reduces the number of days required to provide additional sources of water.

Utilizing any possible source of quality feed to reduce the cost of production definitely needs consideration. Frequently we can utilize co-products or improve the ration quality through managing the utilization of homegrown forages to reduce the cost of a complete ration. Since feed cost is a major portion of the total cost of production, the total cost of a ration needs to be considered.

As we move forward into the year with many zeros, which we are very unaccustomed to writing, we must make management plans utilizing any and all mistakes we made as we close the year with three nines. Improving on any problems we experienced will definitely add to the profit potential for 2000.

University of Missouri ExtensionDale's Country Trails - December 30, 1999
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