DROUGHT CONTINUES TO TAKE TOLL ON STATE CROPS AND LIVESTOCK
While the cool, dry weather is providing near perfect conditions for the fall harvest, the effects of the drought have been felt by row crop and livestock producers alike.
The entire state is now in a drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitoring System, and the areas of extreme drought, the most serious, continue to grow.
Cotton, corn, peanut and soybean farmers say the dry weather has generated noticeable low yields in many areas.
Livestock producers are reporting poor to very poor pasture conditions in most areas of the state and dry conditions may delay cool season forages.
Wheat farmers in many areas of the state have been unable to plant their fall crop because of low soil moisture.