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September 07, 2007

Drought management for agricultural producers

Cooperative Extension has undertaken a coordinated effort to compile the latest information available to help farmers make the best decisions possible in coping with the worst drought in several decades. The severe rainfall deficit this summer coupled with an early spring freeze has caused a tremendous shortage in feed for livestock and large yield losses in corn and soybeans. A recent survey of 63 counties in North Carolina estimated that an additional 800,000 round bales of hay will be needed to feed the beef and dairy cattle in the state during the normal winter feeding period. This hay is not available without significant transportation cost, which makes it financially unrealistic for most operations.

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Posted by Natalie at September 7, 2007 01:53 PM