The recent wildfires that have popped up throughout parts of Kansas and Oklahoma may have producers wondering how to properly manage pastureland following these wildfires, some of which have been disastrous.
Local, state and federal officials along with conservation groups and logging interests have to find common ground to reduce increasingly destructive wildfires in the U.S. West, Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday.
Is it too early to worry a drought in the Plains will shrink the national herd? Could cattlemen see another massive drought like they saw in 2011 and 2012 when the national herd was forced to liquidize?
Warmer than normal temperatures dominated the Midwest last week, and despite some thunderstorm in the High Plains, drought conditions have intensified. Cattlemen are culling herds and dipping into hay supplies.
Unless yields soar to never-before-seen highs, the United States this summer will certainly harvest the smallest corn crop in three years since the production volume may not be padded by a boost in plantings.
In the Northern Great Plains, grasslands have been rapidly converted to croplands over the last 10 years. The grassland conversion was mostly concentrated in the Dakotas, east of Missouri River. This conversion can pote