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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.

MO FSA Director: strong interest in drought programs

The state executive director for Missouri’s Farm Service Agency says last year’s widespread drought has encouraged one of the biggest sign-ups ever for the Livestock Forage Program. “We’ve given out more than $170 million.” Joe Aull tells Brownfield severe to exceptional drought challenged grazing, hay... Read More.