Pasture and range conditions as of mid-October were the best since 1996, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC).
The percentage of pasture and rangeland rated in very poor and poor condition was reported at 18% in USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report of Oct. 22, compared to 28% last year and 35% for the five-year average.
“Since June, the Great Plains, Southern Plains, and Corn Belt regions have all experienced significantly smaller percentages of very poor and poor pasture acres this year compared to 2013 and the five-year average,” LMIC analysts say. “The Western Region has been tracking around 35% of total pasture land categorized as very poor and poor, up from a seasonal five-year average of just under 25% (which starts in May and peaks in October at around 42%).”
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