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Recent rains help drought, greens up pastures

A crop and livestock farmer in southeast Missouri says good hay production is a benefit of the recent rains, along with a reduction in drought conditions.

Jeff Reed tells Brownfield “pastures look really great right now and we’re optimistic to have a good run this summer.”

Reed says conditions are warming up as the summer progresses, but he’s optimistic for steady rains to continue.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says Wayne County is not experiencing drought conditions, but neighboring counties are abnormally dry. He says cattle producers would like to see continued improvements in the accuracy of the monitor. 

“We don’t want to lose sight and focus of that. Now that we’re getting rain that’s typically what happens and we’re trying to stay the course. USDA is working with us on that and trying to get a group together to go back and look at the data, including the flow meters on the river systems as part of the drought monitor.”

Reed is the president-elect of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

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