Three-part 'Dealing with Drought' series starts Sept. 24
Recent rains may have brought some relief to the region but cattle producers will be dealing with the impact of the 2012 drought for months or years to come according to Dona Goede, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
The Cedar County University of Missouri Extension Program and the Cedar County Farm Bureau are partnering to offer a series of classes to assist farmers with issues associated with the continuing drought in southwest Missouri.
The first program in the series will be at 7 p.m., Sept. 24. This class will focus on how to help pastures recover from the drought. The program will include discussions on using annuals to increase production, pasture weed control and how to reseed pastures.
The second program in the series will be at 7 p.m., Oct. 8. This class will deal with feeding cattle this winter with low hay supplies and high feed cost.
The series will wrap-up at 7 p.m., Oct. 22 with a program on the unseen dangers of drought, like nitrates in pastures and forages. This last class will also include a discussion on where farm insurance fits in during a drought.
"No matter how much rain we get, we will still be dealing with this drought for months or years to come," said Goede. "Hopefully this class will give cattle producers more alternatives for surviving the drought so they don't have to use their last option, which is selling the cows."
All sessions will be held at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Hwy. 39 south of Stockton. For more information or to pre-register, call the Cedar County Extension Center at 417-276-3313.