Pandemic supply chain in your area

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This week I bought top sirloin $3.97 lb.. I look for the finger strip cuts. I'll purchase a large package then break down into smaller 2 steaks per freezer bag..
New York cuts will go on sale at $6 lb. When prices are so high, nobody's buying them then stores will put the on sales.. Works for me.
 

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The reason you’ll find steak temporarily on sale now is that a lot of farmers had to cull their herds because they couldn’t afford feed for their cows. Take advantage of it while you can, because with fewer cows, the prices will soon skyrocket.
 

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Ask Putin what kind of games he will play w/ natural gas to Europe
& I'll give you a definitive answer.

everything comes down to oil/gas price.
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Well, our Federal Reserve is a big factor too.

The herd I help dad manage... we don't have enough rain so the grazing fields are eaten down to a nub. Culled/sold ~20% of the herd week before last.

Depending on how much rain is received for the remainder of the year will determine final hay cutting yield which will determine how many head we can support over the winter.

But it ain't lookin' good.

The recent flooding rains have caused the fields to jump up... but now they need cutting/baling and too wet to enter with heavy equipment. Grass/hay quality declines if not cut/baled at the right time.
 

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Last year this time, the farmers around me were doing a 3rd hay cutting this week. This year, about half have managed a very poor 2nd cutting by this same time. Looked more like cutting the lawn than the hay fields. Corn is terrible too, both feed and sweet. So little rain...
 

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Good points above.
Weather, commodity prices on everything, do matter alot.

Cargo shipping costs and/or then trucking those goods, really effect prices at the store.

If oil went to $70, and stayed there for a while, dot dot dot
 

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The herd I help dad manage... we don't have enough rain so the grazing fields are eaten down to a nub. Culled/sold ~20% of the herd week before last.

Depending on how much rain is received for the remainder of the year will determine final hay cutting yield which will determine how many head we can support over the winter.

But it ain't lookin' good.

The recent flooding rains have caused the fields to jump up... but now they need cutting/baling and too wet to enter with heavy equipment. Grass/hay quality declines if not cut/baled at the right time.
In wet conditions where heavy equipment can't be used, what about hand sickles?

Kernel will be up to the job, good workout for his obliques.
 

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In wet conditions where heavy equipment can't be used, what about hand sickles?

Kernel will be up to the job, good workout for his obliques.
Hand sickles cost money to operate at the speed of the heavy equipment. Lot's of dudes swinging blades back and forth get paid by the hour these days, where the tractor might be rented from another farmer or owned by the company. Payments per month for the equipment would be about a days total pay for enough people to handle it. It aint like in the movies where the town gets together and saves the day anymore.

When I worked near feed grass fields I noticed hawks would gather and sit on telephone wires or fences etc like pigeons. Then along comes this big ole tractor and starts cutting the field. It was an all you can eat buffet of rabbits, snakes, mice etc for those hawks for the next few days. Then after it dried some a bailer would roll up wind rows of stuff and it was on again. Those hawks got so fat they practically needed a running start to fly away.
The big dairy farm was about 20 miles away.
 

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With all these supply chain problems with food, I ordered myself a couple 1 lb. #10 cans of Augason Farm non hybrid and non gmo Vegetable Garden Seeds to start growing crops on my family’s property next year after we hopefully get some rain. Cost around $36 a can on Amazon and says it will yield about 2300 lbs. of produce with 13 varieties of plants (probably needs about an acre of land, good soil, and a lot of fertilizer). Has green beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, cantaloupe, onions, peas, bell peppers, lettuce, spinach, squash, tomatoes, and zucchini. Has a 4+ year shelf life sealed. Plan to use one can for the next 1-2 seasons and keep the second can in reserve as needed. Considering where we are at in a supply chain crisis, it seemed like cheap insurance to prevent future starvation.
 

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Back at the end of June I ordered a wireless access point for a client and kept getting the run around o a delivery. Talked to another one of my vendors and said orders placed now wouldn’t deliver until January.
Today I had the opportunity to talk to a vendor rep, who said ”don’t count on January”. Cisco and Aruba are having major delivery issues as well due to chip shortages,
 

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Back at the end of June I ordered a wireless access point for a client and kept getting the run around o a delivery. Talked to another one of my vendors and said orders placed now wouldn’t deliver until January.
Today I had the opportunity to talk to a vendor rep, who said ”don’t count on January”. Cisco and Aruba are having major delivery issues as well due to chip shortages,

Yup. I abandoned cisco AP a while back. Went to ubiquiti... have never regretted it.
 

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Yup. I abandoned cisco AP a while back. Went to ubiquiti... have never regretted it.
I needed to order a little ethernet interface board for a device. Our usual vendor said that it would be many months before they could get them in stock. Luckily I found some in stock at DigiKey and had one within a few days. Sometimes you have to just keep looking after the first avenue says "fuggeddaboutit."
 

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