What A Day: You’re On Thin Ice
Just because it looks frozen doesn’t mean it really is. Mistaking ice for solid ground will always be a costly mistake.
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Here’s a look at planted acres for the top six winter wheat production states and a comparison to 2017.
7,800 Acres in Kansas, which is up 200,000
5,000 Acres in Texas, which is up 300,000
4,100 Acres in Oklahoma, which is down 400,000
2,150 Acres in Colorado, which is down 100,000
1,700 Acres in Washington, which is no change
1,550 Acres in Montana, which is down 200,000
32,608 Total acres in the U.S., an 88,000-acre drop
Dirty Boots—and Hands
Raising cattle means there are times when you have to get your hands dirty. I recently faced a predicament that required just that. I was working from my family’s ranch in the Flint Hills, when one morning I found one of our fall calves stuck in a pond. The steer was nearly up to his neck in mud, so I wasn’t able to drive him out. I recruited my mother to drive a truck, and we were able to pull him out with a rope. I cleaned the steer as best I could and took him to our shed to closely monitor and boost his temperature. It was a close call but the steer did survive. —Wyatt Bechtel