This week’s online poll at beefmagazine.com is: “Is drought an issue in your operation this spring?” Be sure to leave your situation and location in the comments section after voting.
Conditions are always changing on the planet, the animals that have been able to adapt to the changes or have gone extinct. The perception that the climate is suddenly changing is false. Weather and conditions are always changing and will continue to do so. In the past we were able to adapt and will do so in the future,
In Southeast Wyoming we are looking at one of the best years in the past 24 - good wet snows from Feb. thru April and now good rains.
We are behind for this time of year in north central Arkansas. We had a flash flood (5 to 8 in.) in 3 hrs. 10 days ago. Everything not washed down the creek has really greened up. Need some slow soaking showers.
Not in central NC. Many are just now getting corn in the ground and still there places too wet to get into. We've had 17.73" of rain so far this year. Oats hay is about 2 weeks behind after a harsh Winter.
In SW Missouri we had 93 degrees yesterday and pastures that look like July or August,sold a load of calves Monday I intended to keep another 30 days.
Central Tx. very dry . we have no spring or summer grazing
grass ,looks very bad this year . another 2011 year drought year , 1 1/2 inches this year so far . No chance to make any
not in central Kentucky.
Drought is severe in the Oklahoma panhandle! I have reduced the cow/calf herd 50% in the last couple of years. Going forward this year, I will have a grazing average of 30 acres to the cow. I would suggest keeping your debt low and stay away from government programs, as this limits your flexibility to make changes necessary to survive a continuing drought.
Central NE also. We are dry, grass is greening up but holes dug for posts tell me the green-up won't last long
Dry in my area in central Nebraska, less than an inch of moisture in last 6 monthes. Plan on cutting stocking rate by another 20% after cutting it 20% lsat year
Not in Northern Virginia
In west tn we r in good shape for subsoil moister
SW Central Texas. No rain since Dec. 21,2013. No green up, weeds are even dead. Sold 60% of cow herd since 2011. Out of hay in 2 weeks, then what? At least packer cows are bringing good money.
Souhtwest OKlahoma 30 inches in 3 years and 7 months .
We have liquidated 95% of over 400 cows
N/W OKLA dry but stocker cattle have gained well on graze out wheat & rye
Southeast Louisiana is a little dry with spring green up, but no immediate concerns
No, not in southern ohio
Taylor County Texas is in a severe drought. We have liquidated all livestock because of it.
To dry for corn May 1 and pastures look like they should in March selling steers early and replacements that I had keep for my own.
We have had less rain than needed, but we are still doing well here in East Texas. Presently, everyone is cutting the Rye grass and hoping for more rain as it is very green and beautiful here now. Farmers Almanac says we'll have enough rain this year.
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