MO pastures and hay fields are dry

MO pastures and hay fields are dry

An extension livestock specialist says dry conditions are affecting pastures and hay fields.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows a diagonal dry stretch expanding from west central through northeastern Missouri.

Gene Schmitz with the University of Missouri tells Brownfield there hasn’t been much regrowth in central Missouri.

“The grass that hasn’t been grazed yet is typically growing at a very slow rate.”

The USDA confirmed the decline earlier this week, showing Missouri’s pasture conditions rated 35% good to excellent, a decline from the previous week and significantly lower than this time last year.