Pasture and Rangeland
There’s been a good amount of rain for many agriculture producers in the southeast this summer while way too little rain has fallen in the west
There is a distinct line reflecting both extremes of the U.S. within the latest edition of the Pasture and Rangeland report.
Brad Rippey is a meteorologist with the USDA.
Rippey:” We continue to see the haves and the have nots. We have a lot of states across the southeastern part of the country reporting pastures at least 70% good to excellent. That includes a couple of midwestern states, Missouri and Ohio. A number of states in the east and the southeast
40% of the nation’s rangelands are rated very poor to poor, 30% are rated good to excellent.
Still some farmers in Alabama and Florida and Georgia would like to see the rain let up a bit.
Associate Dean of Extension at the University of Georgia and agriculture climatologist Pam Knox says the frequency of rainfall throughout the Southeast has been enough to keep some farmers from being able to apply fungicides, growth inhibitors, and other treatments to their crops. Knox posted maps from the Southeast Regional Climate Center showing that not only are the rainfall amounts since June 1st in the top ten wettest at many locations, but the number of days with measurable rain are also in the top ten highest.