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Page 2 Billings County Pioneer April 25, 2013 Beef Talk By Kris Ringwall Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service Dennis H. Fritz RUGBY - Dennis Howard Fritz, 64, of Rugby, went to be home With God on Thursday, April 18, 2013, after an emotional 18-month battle with cancer. He died at home with his family at his side and under the care of hospice. Dennis was born June 16, 1948, in Dickinson to Maynard and Inez (Ruf) Fritz. The family lived on his grandfather&apos;s ranch near Grassy Butte until Dennis was 5 years old. He then spent the next 13 years liv- ing on a ranch near Bullion Butte, south of Medora. He attended a rural school for two years and then roomed and boarded in Beach until his high school graduation in 1966. Dennis completed his education at Dickinson State College. On June 7, 1969, he was united in marriage to Elaine Strommen in New England. They made their home in Dickinson before moving to Rugby in 1970. Dennis was employed by Lotvedt Construction and Rugby Furniture for two years, and from 1972 until 1985, he worked for Rugby Motor Company, serving as a parts man for 5 years and then in sales. In 1985, Dennis started working for himself, creating a well-needed business named Fritz Delivery. His service provided ground deliveries from Rugby to Minot and north to Bot- tineau, Dunseith, Belcourt, Rolla and Rolette on a daily basis. Although the work hours were long, he loved his customers and was devoted to serving them well. He had an easy smile and a wonderful and conta- gious laugh. Dennis was a member of First Lutheran Church, enjoyed hunting with his sons in the Medora Badlands and loved cars and motors. He was a proud and loving grandfa- ther. He is survived by his wife, Elaine of Rugby; his children, Jason and his wife, Rhonda (BaUiet) of Bismarck, Rachel and her husband, Jason Free- hauf of West Fargo and Jesse and his wife, Jessica (Schneider) of Rugby; grandchildren, Anja, Ava, Anders, Kristian and Kiefer Fritz; Oakley Ea- gle,on, Riley and Olivia Freehauf; one sister, Ramona (Kent) Dressier of Marshall; brothers-in-law, Robert Strommen, New England, Larry (Doris) Strommen, Dickinson and Kevin Berg; sister-in-law, Roselyn Strommen; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one nephew, Kelsey Dressier; a brother- in-law, Ronald Strommen; his par- ents and Elaine's parents. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the First Lutheran Church in Rugby, with Pas- tor Mike Pretzer and Pastor Sharon Baker officiating. Burial was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Medora Cemetery, Medora. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby and continued for one hour prior to the time of services on Tuesday at the church. Prayer service and sharing of memories began at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Casket Bearers: Brad Odden, Gordon Ueckert, Kent Dressier, Robert Strommen, David Lindseth, Wayne Balliet Arrangements were with the An- derson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funerals- Load restrictions in effect on ,all highways Effective April 22, load restric- tions were in effect on all state and U.S. highways in North Dakota. Traditionally, seasonal load re- strictions are first implemented in the southwestern portion of the state and continue north and east as the spring season progresses. Restrictions are lifted when roadbeds have stabilized enough to carry normal traffic. 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In all aspects of life, there always is a transition zone. In the cattle business, one of the most obvious transitions is winter to spring. Spring is a good time, but the changing weather can be wonderful or disastrous or everything in between. Historically, producers who have their cows calving in the spring have tried to avoid the transition from win- ter to summer. However, the vast ma- jority of producers see their cows calve under the cover of late winter. In reviewing data from North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement As- sociation members who process their cow data through the NDSU Exten- sion Service using the CHAPS pro- gram, the peak calving period is the last week of March through the first week of April. Many calves are born at that time and ready for cool-season grass around the first of May. The rationale for this is simple. While the ground is frozen or at least semifrozen, a suitable environment can be maintained for cows to give birth. Along with the late-winter sea- son, most producers have invested in the needed equipment and facilities to ensure a successful calving season. The process has worked because pro- ducers have been able to work side by side with Mother Nature to have suc- cessful calving seasons. However, the spring of 2013 is an- other stark reminder that sometimes the transition cannot be avoided. This year, the weather pattern has been wet. Moisture has come in the form of rain, sleet and snow. Even on good days, the weather has challenged producers, so the vigil must be constant. Keeping the herd dry and on dry land is not a simple process. The good news is that wet weather helps the grass grow and calves gain weight when eating grass. The downside is that dead calves don't gain any weight. No matter where a producer lives, nature's cycle always will precede the copious forage production of summer with unpredictable weather. When challenged to define the vagaries of weather, spring will be discussed. The appropriate calving time is at least a discussion point by producers in the cow-calf industry. There are producers wh O have invested in equipment and facilities to out ma- neuver Mother Nature. Meanwhile, some producers have opted to work with' Mother Nature and have cows calving later. Both camps have to de- velop management and marketing plans to capture value from their calf crops to pay the bills and have some profit. Producers must discern for them- selves what works. However, the point of this discussion is about those producers who are trying to change in small increments. In other words, some producers are slowly backing their bull turnout to a later date. These producers often find themselves caught in the "transition zone," which is the worst of both worlds because they end up with higher input costs and lower output. Changing calving dates is one of the most critical decisions a cow-calf producer will make because every- thing revolves around calving. The Dickinson Research Extension Center used to have calving dates starting the third week of March. Last year, the center moved its calving date to the third week in May. This year, the start of the calving season is the second week of May. Like many within the industry, the procrastination was heavy because the center is designed and equipped to start the calving season in March or even earlier. The facilities and equip- ment are available and certainly work. Available labor is the issue for many cow-calf operations. As times have changed, there are fewer people around who have a strong desire to work the calving pens. The skills and extra sense needed is not easily found in the workplace. Like many producers, the center slowly started to question when to start the calving season. In the end, there was not much support to delay the calving season into April. Typical April weather was nice, but everyone in the room had several memories of Goehring extends deadline for specialty crop grants BISMARCK - Agriculture Com- missioner Doug Goehring has ex- tended the deadline for applications for the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grants to May 24. "North Dakota and Minnesota have cooperated on a number of proj- ects in the past," Goehring said. "The new deadline is closer to Minnesota's closing date?' Goehring said organizations, in- stitutions and individuals are encour- aged to submit proposals on their own or in partnerships. The federal Agriculture Marketing Dakota about $480,000 for the grants. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nurs- ery crops." Specialty crops grown commercially in North Dakota in- clude dry beans, dry peas, lentils, po- tatoes, confection sunflowers, grapes, honey and vegetables. "Eligible uses for these grants money include developing new seed varieties, reducing distribution costs, specialty crop research, enhancing food safety, pest and disease control Service is expected to award North' and devel0ping iocal and rrgional food systems," he said. "Projects that directly benefit specific, commercial products or profit a single organiza- tion, institution or individual are not eligible." Goehring said an information manual with application instructions, scoring criteria and an application template can be found on NDDA's website. $300 OFF! You can get a Farm Credit Services equipment loan direct or through your local dealership. FCS HAS DEPENDABLE AND COMPETITIVE CREDIT. LANDOWNERS • Wondering who owns the minerals under your property? • Wondering if you can claim any minerals that have been abandoned or lapsed? Obtain a full mineral title search and use the search information to claim any lapsed minerals under your property. We can arrange a contingent fee with no cost to you unless minerals are recovered for you. Mack0ff Kellogg Ju iuL ii Law Firm Contact: Charles J. Peterson cpeterson @ (701) 456-3210 what April can be like when Mother Nature decides to use April to transi- tion from winter to spring. Because of that scenario, May was selected. The second week in May was selected to help minimize any calving prior to the spring turn out of the cows. The center has a lot to learn about late calving. However, at least for these last few weeks, the crew has been busy getting ready for the calving season rather than pulling calves out of snow banks and wrestling with sloppy pens, moody cows and sick calves. Those of us at the center still are learning, but we are making progress. May you f'md all your ear tags. (Ringwall is a North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock specialist and the Dickinson Research Extension Center director.) Billings County Pioneer P.O. 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