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LIFE                                 I kept those northern boys                            The Midwest Cattleman · August 25, 2022 · P9
       continued from page 5             entertained for years with         HAY SUPPLIES
                                         words like haint:  “On Hal-                                          continuing      drought,      the
      called a barrow, yet for the       loween, we should  dress up        continued from page 6             2022 hay supply data illus-
      first  eighteen years of my        like haints and scare all the      tion in 2022 hay supplies and  trate why so much herd liq-
      life, I had only heard it pro-     city people.”                      the  lowest  hay  supply  since  uidation has occurred this
      nounced  as  a  bar  hog.  No         Dicker:  “You could have        2012.  In Missouri and Ken- year.   It also speaks to the
      wonder some of my profes-          gotten that truck quite a bit      tucky, where drought has not  continuing challenges that
      sors thought I was mentally        cheaper, if you’d have just        been a factor, reduced 2022  cattle producers will face to
      challenged.                        dickered on the price.”            hay production is likely the  get through the winter be-
         My three college room-             Seagrass     string: “Does      result of high fertilizer prices  fore the 2023 growing season
      mates were all from up             your daddy use wire or sea-        and reduced input use.            could provide the next oppor-
      north, and they stayed con-        grass string in his hay baler?”       Eight of the top ten hay  tunity for improved forage
      fused by my language for the          I can still remember my         states are also top ten beef  conditions.
      years that we lived together.      major professor in graduate        cow states including  Texas,
      I can vividly remember when        school, after reviewing the        Oklahoma, Missouri, Ne-
      one of my friends had lost         first draft of my doctoral dis-    braska, South Dakota, Kan-
      his car keys; I told him not       sertation, using what must         sas, Montana
      to worry, because, “They had       have been two entire red           and  Kentucky.
      to be around here summers.”        pens, to enter all the correc-     These      eight
      When he said that he needed        tions, then summarizing on         states had 15.7
      to find them long before sum-      the last page, with,  “Where       million     beef
      mer arrived, I realized that       the hell did you go to school?”    cows on Jan-
      my mispronunciation was               Eventually, I passed, but it    uary 1, 2022.
      simply the hillbilly word for      was still firmly engrained in      The other two,
      somewhere.                         my mind, when I overheard          California
         Another time  they had  a       the head of the department         and Idaho, are
      chuckle at my expense was          tell another professor, “Yeah,     the     number
      when I told them I had pre-        Jerry’s  a good  person and        one and three
      pared rosineers for supper.        will probably make a good          dairy        cow
      Again, it was an epiphany for      teacher, he’ll just never be a     states, respec-
      me to learn that the enun-         writer.”                           tively.   With
      ciation I had used for years,                                         the     growing
      actually meant roasting ears                                          season     wind-
      of corn.                                                              ing down amid


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