By Sonja Begemann and Sara Brown
What A Day: Rollin’ In the Hay Field
A bright sunny day makes good hay—unless the tractor and mower roll off the transport trailer. With two skid steers and a truck, the operators were able to get the equipment back upright.
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FFA and 4-H on the Front Lines of Fire Relief Efforts
The March wildfires brought out the best in farm country. Below left, FFA students in Perkin-Tyron, Okla., have a goal of welding 40 H braces to help ease the job of replacing the fencing that burned. At right, a member of the Four Leaf Clover 4-H Club in Meade, Kan., feeds an orphan calf. You, too, can help: The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has agreed to match, dollar for dollar, all monetary donations, up to $1 million, to the Drovers/Farm Journal Foundation Million Dollar Wildfire Relief Challenge. Visit www.WildfireReliefFund.org.
On March 6, 2017, severe thunderstorms sparked wildfires in four states. The impact was catastrophic:
7 People died
1.6 million Acres burned (45% in Kansas, 32% in Texas, 21% in Oklahoma and 2% in Colorado)
48 Counties declared disasters (20 in Kansas, 22 in Oklahoma and six in Texas)
9,000 to 12,000 Head of cattle died
8,000 Head of hogs died
18,000 miles Of fencing destroyed (costs $8,000 to $10,000 per mile to repair)
125 Structures destroyed