Editor''s Notebook

February 12, 2009 06:00 PM
 

Kim Watson
From where I sit in South Texas, the pasture condition outlook is depressing. Currently this area is suffering from one of the worst droughts on record. Ranchers and farmers have cut back herds and adjusted plantings—some even abandoning plans—to compensate for the "exceptionally” dry conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map. However, we continue to hold out hope that eventually it will rain, right?

Until then, we look north toward the Midwest and eastern part of the U.S., where moisture appears to be abundant. That winter snowfall and those bitterly cold temperatures will eventually warm up as we head into spring, making way for greener pastures.

Maps like the U.S. Drought Monitor, however, are so broad in scope that they may not give an accurate picture of conditions in your locality.

Send us your pasture comments. We want to create a place for farmers and cattle producers to share what pasture conditions are really like in their area.

Starting in March, we'll begin posting pasture comments on beeftoday.com. We want to hear about the pasture conditions and forage availability in your local area.

You can e-mail your comments, photos and videos to pasturecomments@agweb.com. (Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity before posting.) Include your county and state, just to help other readers know where you are located. Names and e-mail addresses will not be posted, and no other personal information will be kept.

The idea is to share pasture and forage conditions with other farmers and ranchers who may be looking for pastures or hay, or are just curious about what's really going on in other parts of the country.

So what's happening in your pastures? Let us know and then check out the Pasture Comments blog at www.beeftoday.com.

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