Monday Extension Report – July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017

Drought Planning

Hot and dry. This kind of weather may be great for making hay, but that’s about all.

Early July is an important time for drought planning and mitigation. April, May, and June, by far our most important rainfall months are behind us. Research shows that 80% of our entire years pasture production has already occurred and any rainfall we get from now on usually doesn’t do much to help this summer’s grass production. So we can look out in our pastures and what we have is pretty much what we’re going to get.

This year as we consider the abysmal June rainfall, the oppressive heat and look out in our pastures, most of us don’t like what we see. Many people have already started implementing the first step in their drought plan. Feeder cattle prices are decent, and many yearlings have already been sent to town.

For most people it’s still too early to preg test, but it’s not too early to plan. Using ultrasound or one of the blood tests will allow you to detect pregnancies as early as 30 days after breeding. Early pregnancy diagnosis would allow you to sell your open cows earlier.

It’s also time to start thinking about whether or not you need to wean early. Dr. Rasby, former Extension Cow/Calf Specialist told me that a good rule of thumb to use for planning purposes is that each 2 ½ days early a calf is weaned saves enough grass for 1 more day of grazing for its mom. So, weaning a month early will get you an extra 12 days grazing for the cows.

Hot and dry is never good, but taking decisive action early can save a lot of headache and heartache later on.

Cherry County 4-H Reminders

Remaining Shooting Sports practices

Don’t forget to let us know the day before that you are planning to attend one of the remaining Shooting Sports practices.

Archery – July 12 and 19

Trap – July 17 and 24

Robotics Workshop

The robotics workshop is Wednesday, preregister today if you plan to attend.

Clover Kid Workshops

A Space for Me – Thursday, July 12, registration deadline for that is tomorrow, July 11

Nature Adventure – Thursday July, 20t

STEM Days Science Camp

Also don’t forget the STEM days science camp next week July 18-19.

I hope everyone is having a good summer, it is winding down fast. All Cherry County Fair Entry Forms are due July 24. That’s only two weeks away.


As always, you can call the extension office at 402-376-1850, or visit us at for more information.