Drought

'Normal' Hard to Define When it Comes to Rain

We lived through a significant drought in 2006. Some much-needed winter precipitation has lessened our fears, but some forecasts still call for drier than "normal" weather starting in May. Normal? Who knows what "normal" is?

Plan for Drought's Effects in 2007

Severe drought made 2006 one of the worst years on record for pastures and crops in our area, and some of the effects of the drought will still be felt in 2007.

It's Time to Consider Winter Feeding Strategies

The National Drought Monitor Web site indicates the area is in either extreme or exceptional drought. As if not having adequate good-quality water for cow herds isn't bad enough, there is little to no available standing forage going into winter at a time of record-high hay prices.

In Drought, Consider the Economics of Options When Dealing With Cattle

Pastures are quickly burning up due to the heat and dry conditions, resulting in ranchers quickly running out of grazeable pasture that provides the necessary energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. Since the drought is covering such a large area, accessible supplemental hay and available rental pasture is not abundant in nearby areas.

Remember These Drought Management Strategies During the Rest of the Summer

Unless we have an atypically wet summer, many producers will be forced to implement some drought management strategies, if they have not already. Here are a couple of topics to keep in mind looking forward to the remaining summer.

Project Could Help Reduce Drought's Impact on Producers

Drought is a dirty word around these parts. A project between the Noble Research Institute and Texas A&M University hopes to help regional producers with a system to forecast probable forage growth conditions up to 90 days in the future.

Manage Forage Before (and During) Drought

Are you flexible enough to manage for that unspeakable term ... drought?

Don't Rely on Weather Predictions in 2004 - Use These Strategies Instead

I've thrown my crystal ball away for good and vowed never to predict the weather again - but I will share with you my five weather-related strategies for 2004.

July is Critical in Forage Decision Making

Pastures should have a surplus of forage as of mid-July, either as standing forage or hay if reserves are not adequate to pasture cattle through the remainder of the growing season, then alternatives need to be evaluated.

Feeding, Culling Are Main Drought Considerations

When you live in Oklahoma or Texas, drought management should never be far from your mind.