National Drought Mitigation Center

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Lack of water and hay affecting ranchers in Daviess and DeKalb counties in Missouri
12/18/2017 3:10:13 PM

Water Supply & Quality
Daviess County, MO
DeKalb County, MO

Start Date: 5/1/2017 - End Date: 12/18/2017
The northwestern area of Missouri is experiencing long-term drought that is starting to affect livestock owners. The counties of Daviess and DeKalb experienced a shortage of rainfall in the month of May, which led to below-average hay harvest. The area also received below-normal rainfall in the months of August, September and November, which led to little or no fall growth of cool season grasses (the predominant grazing species). Due to this, ranchers started feeding hay earlier than normal and now are in search of hay to buy to make it through the winter. Ranchers are also concerned about the lack of water supply and making it through the winter with adequate water. Based on the 30-year average rainfall, Daviess County is 11.3 inches behind normal for the 2017 calendar year. Ponds are significantly below their banks and there have been several reports of wells going dry. From Daviess County, Missouri, on December 18, 2017