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Pastures short, producers reducing herd size in Oregon County, Missouri
7/11/2018 4:17:36 PM

Plants & Wildlife
Tourism & Recreation
Oregon County, MO

Start Date: 7/3/2018 - End Date: 7/11/2018
Ponds and streams are low but not yet dry. Hayfields have not regrown much if at all since they were cut over the last month. Pastures are very short and some producers are considering feeding hay already. Many livestock producers have already reduced their herd size, some by as much as 30%. Tourism has been affected as well due to the fact that most tourism in our area is centered around the Eleven Point River, which is also quite low. We have received some very spotty rain showers over the past few weeks. From Oregon County, Missouri, on July 3, 2018. Via the Missouri Extension Drought Impact Reporter, the submitter of this report also noted the following impacts at this location: Degree of dryness: Moderately Dry: Plants may be brown due to dry conditions. Streams, reservoirs or well water levels may be low. Voluntary water use restrictions may be in place. There may be water shortages. Plants, crops or pastures may be stressed. Soil is dry. Sectors impacted: Agriculture. Environment; Recreation & tourism