Many parts of the U.S. received good moisture in 2014, but many of those same parts have experienced a much drier winter and spring. This and the ongoing drought in California and much of the Southwest have sparked many conversations about ways to conserve water. Unfortunately, many mainstream journalists are spotlighting agriculture as one of the largest consumers of precious H2O.
So which regions are being hit the hardest with dry conditions? According to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, “From mid-March to mid-April 2015, dryness and drought expanded and/or intensified across the central Rockies and eastern Great Basin, the Central and Northern Plains, and parts of both the Northeast and Southeast. Across the West Coast states, especially California and western Nevada, drought areas have become entrenched in the past several years, and with the warm and drier time of year approaching, there is little if any chance for improvement.”
asked readers to weigh in on their drought status. Of almost 100 respondents, 44% said they are concerned about drought but feel they have some time, while 36% said drought is an immediate issue for them. Another 17% said it wasn’t a concern, and 3% didn’t know.
Of course, water is indispensable for agriculture and society, and ranchers and farmers have devised effective and efficient strategies for better managing crops and livestock, particularly in times of drought. In the fourth segment of my April Grazing Series, I’ve highlighted some BEEF resources related to pasture management in times of drought.
In case you missed my previous Grazing Series installments, check out blog posts one, two and three below.
Here is a roundup of seven drought resources worth revisiting:
Are you concerned about drought in your area? Which strategies have you implemented to get the most out of your pastures when rain is sparse? Share your advice in the comments section below.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.
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