CARTHAGE, Mo. (DTN) -- As Route 66 breaks out of the St. Louis suburbs and meanders southwest across Missouri, the corn and soybeans that dominated in Illinois give away to pasture and grazing cattle.
By the time you hit the town of Cuba, in Crawford County, there are more cattle in the county than the number of bushels of corn produced. The market value for livestock is four times that of crops.
Welcome to cow-calf country.
"There are more cattlemen in this country around here than anywhere," said Jim McCann, president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association. "This tall fescue is ...