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July 26, 2012MO |  By: Campbell

Forages and Drought Meetings

Farmer's have reached a critical point with their livestock and pastures as the drought continues to damage crops.

The University of Missouri Extension is holding Forage and Drought: Management and Recovery classes to teach farmers strategies on managing pastures and livestock during a drought, and what to do with damaged crops in order to recover. Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist, Shawn Deering, says they will also be demonstrating how to nitrate test corn.

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With the drought damaging crops and causing a decrease in the reproduction of cows, prices of foods such as beef and corn can be expected to be above average this fall. Deering adds the meetings will also give tips on planning ahead. With the severity of the drought, effects could last as far out as next summer.

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Deering says that even once the region get a soaking rain, it will be a while before pastures are up and running again.