National Drought Mitigation Center

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Pastures dry, hay crop down, ponds low in Audrain County, Missouri
7/12/2018 6:06:02 PM

Water Supply & Quality
Audrain County, MO

Start Date: 7/12/2018 - End Date: 7/12/2018
Corn and beans are holding on, but are at a very critical time to make any yield. Pastures are dry and grass is nearly gone. There will not be enough grass to get cattle to winter. The hay crop is about 50% of normal years. Hay is priced higher than cattlemen can afford. Some cattle will have to be liquidated. Ponds have had one rain with runoff to refill them all year. Ponds are the lowest since they were built over 25 years ago. They are well maintained, fenced ponds with cattle waterers behind them. I equate this dryness similar to 1954. The only reason corn and beans look better than 1954 is because of more drought tolerant genetics today. From Audrain County, Missouri, on July 12, 2018. Via the Missouri Extension DIR, the submitter of this report also noted the following at this location: Degree of dryness: Moderately Dry. Sector impacted: Agriculture