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Recent rains help drought, greens up pastures

A crop and livestock farmer in southeast Missouri says good hay production is a benefit of the recent rains, along with a reduction in drought conditions. Jeff Reed tells Brownfield “the pastures look really good right now. We’re optimistic to have a good run... Read More.

Summer drought conditions possible

Brownfield’s meteorologist says farmers should prepare for El Nino to shift to La Nina sooner rather than later.  Greg Soulje tells Brownfield he expects the shift to cause drought conditions to intensify throughout the summer. “As we get deeper into mid and late summer and early... Read More.

A drought busting spring

A northeast Nebraska farmer says the wet spring drastically improved soil conditions on his farm. But Greg Anderson says he’s cautious about this year’s crop despite the improvement in drought conditions. “The rains for the month of July will help determine corn yields,” Anderson... Read More.

Drought concerns remain in Missouri

The state climatologist at the University of Missouri Extension says drought concerns are on the rise again even with some improvements over the winter. “It’s not uncommon in Missouri to see these multi-year drought events. We’ve already had two back-to-back drought years.” And Zach... Read More.

Getting Through the Drought

In this week’s Managing Mental Health, a partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Brownfield Ag News, the Executive Vice President of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Mike Deering talks about the uncontrollable challenges of being in the livestock industry in a drought... Read More.

The phenomenon of drought

Commentary. “Have your disk hooked up and water on wheels.” That request was shared by a volunteer fire department in Nebraska last week. As the enormous and devastating wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma receive national attention, men and women across the Heartland are getting more than... Read More.

Drought makes crops more susceptible to pests

An extension entomologist is concerned crops in areas of prolonged drought will be more vulnerable to pests. Erin Hodgson with Iowa State University says a lack of moisture puts stress on plants. “That makes (the plants) more susceptible to some of the feeding that happens... Read More.

Drought enters fourth straight year for growers

A northern Iowa farmer says she’s concerned about drought conditions heading into the growing season despite a strong finish in 2023. April Hemmes tells Brownfield last year’s crop was a pleasant surprise. “I got eight inches of rain last year, which is half of... Read More.

Lasting effects of an ongoing drought

A cow-calf producer and feedlot operator from north-central Kansas says the ongoing drought conditions have changed how his farm operates. Philip Weltmer from Smith County says he traditionally uses wheat straw for feed rations and bedding, but a poor crop caused him to switch... Read More.

Drought concerns remain in Michigan

Better than average January precipitation was not enough to fully alleviate drought in Michigan. The USDA says average statewide precipitation was nearly an inch above normal, which did raise Michigan’s overall soil moisture levels, but more than half of the state remains abnormally dry,... Read More.

Rain, snow lower Kentucky drought concerns

Drought concerns in Kentucky eased a little over the past month. The USDA says statewide precipitation topped five and a half inches, more than 2 inches above usual levels, the first month of better than normal precipitation since last fall. That did include heavy snowfall,... Read More.