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Around The Caprock: Feb. 15-19

This week's editions of Around the Caprock on the Texas Farm Bureau Radio Network were highlighted by a variety of insights from area ag professionals as the Texas High Plains fought its way through a brutal chill that delivered a week or more of sub-freezing temperatures, a lot of ice, mounds of snow and rolling power blackouts.

During the week, we also received an encouraging outlook for U.S. beef exports and learned that various factors might mean more cattle coming to area feedyard.

Links for each this week's reports are provided here:

Monday, Feb. 15 - Big things are expected this year for U.S. beef exports. Guest: Joe Schuele, U.S. Meat Export Federation

Tuesday, Feb. 16 - As our region plunged into a prolonged freeze, the stress of the ordeal was perhaps felt most acutely by local ranchers - especially those involved with calving. Guests: Ochiltree County Extension Agent Scott Strawn and Claude area rancher Rachel Myers.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - It will be a while before we know for sure, but local wheat may have taken a hit from our extensive bout with arctic conditions. Guest: Ochiltree County Extension Agent Scott Strawn

Thursday, Feb. 18 - Our recent snow didn't produce much moisture but might have at least provided some protection from the cold for area wheat. However, nothing good could be said about the weather's impact on the region's cattle. Guests: National Weather Service Lead Meteorologist Aaron Ward, Texas A&M AgriLife agronomist Jourdan Bell, and Hutchinson County Extension Agent Kristy Slough

Friday, Feb. 19 - The recent trend of declining placements in area feedyard might be coming to an end. Guest: Brady Miller of Texas Cattle Feeders


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