Arkansas cattle producers need to be ready with a drought-management plan in the face of a forecast that's promising less rain and higher temperatures, said Tom Troxel, associate department head for animal science for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

"Cattle producers have experienced excellent pasture growth the past two summers but drought and extreme dry conditions may be around the corner," he said. "If it fails to rain in the next week to ten days, pastures will become drought stressed."

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