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  • Drought plans should be updated, as weather predictions could impact forage

    Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Educator|Jun 6, 2024

    In parts of the High Plains region, recent developing dry conditions are starting to raise concerns that we may see reduced forage production from pasture and rangelands as we move on into the rest of the spring and summer. The map shows many parts of the Sandhills and Panhandle regions receiving below-average precipitation for the last 30 days. This time frame is critical for precipitation that drives cool-season forage production on rangeland and...

  • Panhandle Perspective:

    Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Educator|Nov 11, 2020

    Drought conditions across much of Nebraska this summer, most severe in the west, have significantly reduced forage production from pasture and rangeland as well as hay ground and crop residue. Cow-calf producers will face a challenge in meeting the feed needs of the herd from now until next spring. When making a plan for a forage shortage, producers should remember these five steps: Calculate feed needs. Accurately assess the feed needs of all the cattle that are planned to be part of the operation from now into next spring. This is an...

  • Dealing with drought conditions for grazing cattle on native range and pasture

    Aaron Berger, UNL Extension Educator|Apr 16, 2013

    The southern Panhandle is in the second consecutive spring of drought conditions. Precipitation September 1 to April 15 for the Southern Nebraska Panhandle is less than half of normal for this time period. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension CropWatch website has weather information that shows precipitation summaries for all of Nebraska. This summary shows recent historic precipitation amounts and compares them to long term averages at locations throughout the Panhandle. Lack of precipitation beginning in the fall of 2011 has resulted...