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Slow growth of grass, lack of subsoil moisture affecting Weston County, Wyoming
5/18/2017 4:13:10 PM

Weston County, WY

Start Date: 4/1/2017 - End Date: 4/25/2017
Weston County has had some green up and growth of cool season grasses, but moisture has been very spotty throughout the county and not consistent in amounts received. Ranchers are becoming very concerned; due to lack of moisture, no new forage growth occurred in 2016. Livestock utilized residual forage from 2015 for the 2016 grazing season. Ranchers rely on the previous year's residual forage to sustain livestock until new grass is available. At this point in time the grass has been slow to grow due to lack of precipitation. We have little or no sub-moisture down to 4 feet (per ranchers digging fence post holes). Ranchers are looking to liquidate livestock, if conditions do not improve significantly. From Weston County, Wyoming, on April 25, 2017