If you’re planning to extend the grazing season to put more weight on stockers, Mother Nature may step in and force your management and marketing decisions. Heading into the dog days of summer, you can anticipate lower-quality forages.
Right now, however, some areas of the
According to USDA’s Pasture and Range Crop Condition Report, most pasture and ranges were in fair, good or excellent condition, while 27 percent of the 48 states were suffering from poor to very poor pasture conditions. Those states still struggling with poor conditions include
Those dry conditions are causing wildfire problems in some of those states and irrigation demands are running high, leading to concerns over water availability for livestock in some areas.
Still, this year’s pasture conditions are slightly better than the same time last year, when most of the central and southwestern
Last week, the NOAA's