Nebraska Edition | April 2, 2020

PRSRT STD U.S. Postage Paid Permit #36 OMAHA, NE POSTAL CUSTOMER NEBRASKA EDITION April 16, 2020 Vol. 24 Issue 6 arm R anch MARKET GLANCE Livestock and Products, Weekly Average Year Ago 4 Wks Ago 4/3/20 Nebraska Slaughter Steers, 35-65% Choice, Live Weight..............* * * Nebraska Feeder Steers, Med. & Large Frame, 550-600 lb.......182.92 172.87 164.86 Nebraska Feeder Steers, Med. & Large Frame 750-800 lb.........153.59 141.38 124.56 Choice Boxed Beef, 600-750 lb. Carcass.................................. 226.48 206.94 238.47 Western Corn Belt Base Hog Price Carcass, Negotiated..............74.35 * * Pork Carcass Cutout, 185 lb. Carcass 51-52% Lean.................. 80.45 65.60 59.59 Slaughter Lambs, wooled and shorn, 135-165 lb. National.........145.06 164.40 162.25 National Carcass Lamb Cutout FOB...........................................382.04 432.61 432.80 Crops, Daily Spot Prices Year Ago 4 Wks Ago 4/3/20 Wheat, No. 1, H.W. Imperial, bu...................................................4.07 3.93 4.32 Corn, No. 2, Yellow Columbus, bu............................................... 3.44 3.61 2.94 Soybeans, No. 1, Yellow Columbus, bu.........................................7.97 8.07 7.93 Grain Sorghum, No.2, Yellow Dorchester, cwt............................. 5.45 5.95 5.41 Oats, No. 2, Heavy Minneapolis, Mn, bu......................................3.21 3.33 3.08 Feed Alfalfa, Large Square Bales, Good to Premium, RFV 160-185 Northeast Nebraska, ton.....................................* * * Alfalfa, Large Rounds, Good Platte Valley, ton...........................112.50 90.00 90.00 Grass Hay, Large Rounds, Good Nebraska, ton.............................* 95.00 85.00 Dried Distillers Grains, 10% Moisture Nebraska Average............153.50 139.25 195.50 Wet Distillers Grains, 65-70% Moisture Nebraska Average..........47.50 49.71 59.67 For daily agriculture news, updates and local happenings, visit www.farmandranchnetwork.net Proud Supporters of farmandranchnetwork.net Your source for ag news that affects Nebraska and the Plains region. F arm R anch NetworkServiceCo markets Grain, Hay & Cattle...........................................2 COUNTRY LIVING Floor Plan..........................................................3 FFA .......................................................................5-15 Heartland Cattleman ..........................................................................17 Welcome to kearney .....................................................................18-19 classifieds .....................................................................21-23 We can fix anything, but the break of day By Todd Smith, Farm & Ranch Network It’s a Monday night just after 8 p.m. when we pull up to the back of Schroeder Machine Shop in Shelton, NE. The overhead door is partially open and a light is on. Marlin Schroeder is painting a dump trailer produced in his shop, pushing to get things finished before a short respite in the Sunshine State. Leaving a piece of machinery on his back door for a minor repair brought us here, but as we step inside to visit, we find ourselves immersed in a complex and thriving operation that is becoming all too uncommon in small towns of the Midwest. The shop is filled with lathes, presses, work tables, welders, and racks full of tools, various metal stocks and parts. Marlin gives us a quick tour where we find the building is a honeycomb of work areas dedicated to different phases of production. Racks of powder coated parts dry in some areas, while in other areas space has been set aside for racking and packing finished product on pallets. A section further down is dedicated to painting and around the corner you’ll find a forklift and a couple of repair projects. At this hour of the evening, Marlin is the only one here, but it doesn’t take much imagination to see that during high time this place is busy. Marlin is the fab contractor that builds the Safety Zone Calf Catcher product and graders for Box Grader USA. In addition to those mainstays, he also builds commercial meat smokers, custom trailers and does repair work on projects large and small. His team currently includes 4 machinists that work on all facets of the business, that at times looks like it could border on overwhelming. Despite the constant work load and returning to the shop many evenings to stay on track, Marlin has a mantra, “We don’t turn anyone down. We’ll take on any job. People know they can call us. We want to keep that.” These words speak volumes in a thin margin business where employees dutifully commute 50 miles to clock in at 4 a.m. each day, leaving little room for error. It’s a work ethic common Marlin Schroeder’s back lot sits along Shelton’s Main Street. Continued on page 4 The blade portion for half a dozen graders produced for Box Grader USA are packed onto pallets and ready for shipment.

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