The 2012 growing season started out promising, with an early planting season, good moisture, and some relief in last summer’s drought-ravaged Southwest. But Mother Nature had other plans and summer 2012 is shaping up to be a challenging one for Midwest crop growers and livestock producers in general.
USDA reported in early July that half of all U.S. pastures are in poor or very poor condition. As pasture dwindles, cattle in some hard-hit areas are going to town, while other producers hope to buy time by feeding winter hay. Severe drought in the Midwest, which was forecast earlier this spring to produce a record crop, has played havoc with grain markets. The July 15 corn cash price (Omaha Basis) is near $7.50/bu., and soybean meal is up 36% over last year, while hay prices continue to post new highs.
BEEF editors have developed this special topic page to provide comprehensive news and information on the ongoing drought.
Find more information on drought management at these resources:
- FSA Disaster Assistance Programs
- U.S. Drought Monitor
- The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
- University of Illinois Drought Resources
- K-State Extension: Managing During Drought & Heat
- University Of Wisconsin Extension Drought 2012
- Oklahoma State Beef Extension Drought Resources
- South Dakota State University Extension Drought Page
- University Of Wyoming Extension Disaster Help Network 2012