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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Although scattered rains fell across parts of the Rolling Plains, the majority of counties remain dry. Irrigated cotton is trying to grow. Dryland cotton is stressing. Producers are spraying for weeds. Pastures are drying out quickly with the hot weather. However, Palo Pinto County reports that with their recent rainfall pastures, range and livestock are in fair condition. Producers are worried they won’t get another cutting of coastal. Sorghum forage is being baled.  Grasshoppers are a problem in some areas. In King County most ranches have completed liquidation or relocation of cattle. Due to dry conditions, burn bans have been issued in some counties. Pecan nutlets are dropping in some areas due to poor pollination and water stress.  Trees should be watered every two weeks by slowly soaking the tree’s root system at the dripline of the tree.

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