Nebraska Edition | July 9, 2020

PRSRT STD U.S. Postage Paid Permit #36 OMAHA, NE POSTAL CUSTOMER NEBRASKA EDITION July 9, 2020 Vol. 24 Issue 10 arm R anch MARKET GLANCE Livestock and Products, Weekly Average Year Ago 4 Wks Ago 7/03/20 Nebraska Slaughter Steers, 35-65% Choice, Live Weight..............* * * Nebraska Feeder Steers, Med. & Large Frame, 550-600 lb.......175.56 168.26 * Nebraska Feeder Steers, Med. & Large Frame 750-800 lb.........145.77 142.48 140.49 Choice Boxed Beef, 600-750 lb. Carcass..................................2019.55 297.91 * Western Corn Belt Base Hog Price Carcass, Negotiated...............N/A * * Pork Carcass Cutout, 185 lb. Carcass 51-52% Lean...................72.66 72.72 75.57 Slaughter Lambs, wooled and shorn, 135-165 lb. National.........156.37 N/A 105.15 National Carcass Lamb Cutout FOB...........................................392.01 418.35 415.16 Crops, Daily Spot Prices Year Ago 4 Wks Ago 07/03/20 Wheat, No. 1, H.W. Imperial, bu.................................................. 3.94 4.11 4.00 Corn, No. 2, Yellow Columbus, bu............................................... 4.05 3.02 3.11 Soybeans, No. 1, Yellow Columbus, bu.........................................7.92 7.95 8.24 Grain Sorghum, No.2, Yellow Dorchester, cwt............................. 6.34 6.32 6.46 Oats, No. 2, Heavy Minneapolis, Mn, bu......................................3.20 3.29 3.41 Feed Alfalfa, Large Square Bales, Good to Premium, RFV 160-185 Northeast Nebraska, ton.................................177.00 * 172.00 Alfalfa, Large Rounds, Good Platte Valley, ton...............................* 87.58 * Grass Hay, Large Rounds, Good Nebraska, ton.............................* 80.00 * Dried Distillers Grains, 10% Moisture Nebraska Average............140.50 121.60 120.14 Wet Distillers Grains, 65-70% Moisture Nebraska Average......... 48.50 40.50 34.52 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 Skid Steer Cowboys By Todd Smith, Farm & Ranch Network When a pickup pulling a 30’ flatbed loaded with a tree cutting machine and a skid steer pulls into your yard, get ready for a mechanical rodeo. Midwest Tree Cutters of Milford, Nebraska is just such an outfit. The company owned and operated by Jerrel and Ryan Roth has a complete line of pasture clearing machines for the use of clearing pastures and CRP of unwanted trees and brush. The group recently made quick work of about 200 cedars across 10 acres with the use of one of their tree cutting machines, dubbed Lil’ Red. Lil’ Red and its fellow cutting machines have the look of an improvised tank or maybe even something you would see in a post-apocalyptic movie like the Road Warrior. Fully enclosed cabs with heavy duty grate windows keep the operator protected from heavy branches and trees that fall back onto the machine when cut. The size of the trees the machines are able to cut makes this a necessity, as a full ton bouncing around is not uncommon. Outfitted with front tire chains, rear caster wheels for maneuverability , and an engine mounted behind the cab that balances weight, make the tree cutting machines a lethal and versatile destroyer of trees. With a long reaching forward arm mounted with a rotary saw, the tree cutting machines can reach trees that other machines can’t. Not only do they have reach, but the balanced nature of the machine allows it to teeter on precipices and “reach down” to clip trees that are growing on hill and creek sides. Lil’ Red is shown here reaching down to get hard to reach trees on a steep slope. Ryan Roth is so adept at operating the cutter, that often times he can balance a cut cedar on the tongue of the forward cutter, pull it out of the ravine while his machine balances on the two front wheels and deposit it to the side for easy removal by the tree moving skid steer. Once the trees have been cut, it’s time for the skid steer to move them. Piling trees on flat ground is simple compared to packing them into ravines and over hillsides. When it comes to this, skid steer Continued on page A2 COUNTY FAIRS Antelope........................................................ B16 Buffalo..........................................................B3-7 Burt.................................................................. B9 Custer............................................................ B13 Dixon............................................................. B14 Dundy.............................................................. B3 Garfield. ........................................................ B15 Gosper. ......................................................... 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B11 Washington. ................................................. B11 Wayne. .......................................................... B14 Webster......................................................... B14 markets Grain, hay, & cattle........................................ A3 Kearney map ...................................................................A4–A5 LIVESTOCK NEWS ......................................................................... A8 rODEO ......................................................................... A7 CLASSIFIEDS .................................................................A9–A10 Shawn Roth pushes the tree pile as far down as it will go, maximizing the skid steer’s power and versatility.

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