Reflections on 2010- From the Ground Up

2010 started out pretty good, according to Cow and Calf producer Clyde Goen. "Cattle prices were a little down, but we had some moisture, had a decent spring, dry summer, but then we expect that.”

“I’m a stocker-feeder operator and 2010 allowed us to run, the weather patterns allowed us to run more cattle than we were able to run in 2009. Also the prices that we got for our cattle continually got a little better all through the year,” says Robert Jensen.

“The temperatures, when they got over 100 degrees hurt us quite a bit during the summertime. We had good grass but we didn’t get the gains we normally get because the cattle were suffering a little bit from the heat, but overall I think you would consider it better than 2009.”

Our fall weather couldn’t have been any more different than the spring.

“Then came the fall, and when the faucet shut off, it shut off tight, and we haven’t had significant rainfall since the first couple of weeks in September. No winter pasture, no fall pasture.”

“For 2010 we were running about 95%, which is typical for us, about 95% calf crop, for weaned calves to grown cows, and that’s not too bad.”

Jason Wendler, a local farmer and rancher, says it has been worse. “Standing right here in this same spot about a year ago I made the comment if we would at least get one inch of rain during the month of June 2010 that we’d have a better year than 2009 was. Well we got seven inches of rain and 2010 has been a good year.”

As is the norm, the factor making the biggest impact on local agricultural producers was the weather. I’m Ashley Batey, looking at Brazos Valley Agriculture, From The Ground Up.

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