With more than 17% of the state suffering drought conditions and no substantial rainfall in the immediate forecast, it’s important for Arkansas cattle producers to have a drought management plan in place.

“Cattle producers have experienced excellent pasture growth the past two months but drought and extreme dry conditions may be around the corner,” says Tom Troxel, associate department head for animal science for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

“If it fails to rain in the next week to 10 days, and, with high temperatures and dry winds, pastures will become drought stressed,” he adds.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 17% of Arkansas is now under some level of drought, ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought, and the state has been scorched by record-high temperatures.

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