In the field with Bill Hodous

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Bill Hodous, Ramsey County Extension Agent

Yuck, the weather!  Even the doom and gloom I can put up with, but the wind gets so tiring and it seems to blow mach ten nearly every day.  I heard that even our weather people that talk about the weather during the winter months are talking of different weather, for the spring and summer, than what they predicted over the winter months.  

At our annual crop improvement meeting it was said that the months of July, August and September would be dry and very hot with record breaking temperatures, now they have changed their tune a bit and talking of an El Nino forming near the equator and thus the higher likelihood of above average moisture and strong storms over the growing season.  

All I can say is, give us some kind of normal weather, whatever normal is.  

I can remember back, in my farming days, is that normal was a thunderstorm that produced one inch of rain, give or take a little.  Nowadays it seems to come in big amounts and then of course everything drowns and floods.

Crary NDawn

The past month found a change at the Crary NDawn station that I do not like, the change from “call in” to “now technology” - meaning now to obtain current weather information you will need to log in to the station using one of your internet providers.  

The current weather can now be obtained by logging into the following address:  You can also obtain the other information at the main Crary login at   

Sorry about the inconvenience for those of you without smart phones and there are still many of you who don’t, so don’t feel alone.

Cattle market

The cattle market has been very good for the cattle producer over the past few years and now would be an excellent time to clean up that cow herd.  I saw in the market report last week, Lake Region Livestock, that there was a charolais bull weighing in at 2,600 pounds and brought $123/pound.  The same holds true for the slaughter cow market. Why fight those cows that have a bad attitude, during the calving season or those cows that never deliver a prize-winning calf in the fall or a cow that has an udder that is less than desirable. With these kind of prices you could easily improve genetics in your cowherd without much of an additional cost.  Think about that cow that lost her calf this spring and the saying “she is just too good to get rid of”  and what that cow really costs you to keep over until the next calving season.  

“Time to clean up.”