Tailgate Talk

08:23AM Jan 03, 2015
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What A Day: Hiccups Come At the Worst Time

The Minnesota ground wasn’t the only thing frozen this day. The dump bed failed to lift properly as it unloaded heavy manure, pulling the cab up too.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email high-resolution images to [email protected] or mail prints to What A Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis. 

Five Hy-Vee brand cereal boxes feature Midwest farmers, including, from left: Larry Bortz, 
Rudd, Iowa; Rhonda McDonnell, Quinn, S.D.; Etta and Seth Smith, Nemaha, Iowa; Brad and Peggy Greenway, Mitchell, S.D.; and Matt and Dusty Duis, Odell, Neb.

The Original Breakfast Champions

Move over athletes and cartoon characters: there is a new champion on some cereal boxes. Farmers from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota are appearing in a back-of-the-box advertisement on Hy-Vee brand cereal boxes. The advocacy effort for U.S. agriculture, sponsored by Farm Credit Services, started this past fall and continues into 2015. Consumers are encouraged to give a “spoon salute” to U.S. farmers. Hy-Vee operates 237 stores in eight Midwest states. To see full bios of each farmer or farm family, as well as facts about U.S. agriculture, visit www.agricultureworkshere.com. 

Stat Rack

Low supplies pushed the beef industry to record prices in 2014. Increased production will be quick to follow.

29 million-U.S. beef cow herd inventory as of Jan. 1, 2014

24.4 billion-Pounds of U.S. beef produced in 2014

5.2%-Decline in annual beef production in 2014

10.6 million-Cattle on feed in feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more, as of Nov. 1, 2014

$5.62-Per pound average Beef Retail Price Composite in October, a record high

$4.15-Per pound average retail price for ground beef in October, a record high