The Big Iron Farm Show was blessed with good attendance, especially during the first two days. The drought was top-of-mind for those at the show, but veteran Agweek journalist Mikkel Pates didn’t see a comparable situation as other disasters. “It’s not the same desperation I’ve seen at other times with droughts and issues before,” Pates told RRFN. “I went through the 80s when cattle guys in the northern part of the state didn’t have rain at all and didn’t have anything to feed. Now, the corn changed its genetics and is more drought resistant so there is more things to pull together for feed.” As a result, Pates says there seems to be more optimism at this time.
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