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·         The lead author with the National Drought Monitor says extended dryness could persist through the summer.

·         High winds continue in the Great Plains, rancher faced with soil erosion issues

 

 

The lead author with the National Drought Monitor says extended dryness could persist through the summer.

 

By Kellan Heavican, Brownfield 

May 11, 2022

 

Brian Fuchs with the National Drought Mitigation Center says the long-term outlook calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. “We may see some intensification and we may some drought plateauing and kind of sticking at the same level that it’s at.”

 

He tells Brownfield widespread rainfall brought immediate relief, but that could change. “If we jump right into consistent 90-dgree weather with wind again, we will be having a different discussion as far as drought goes.”

 

He says areas of the Great Plains have been behind on moisture since October but average rainfall gets producers back on track...

 

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High winds continue in the Great Plains, rancher faced with soil erosion issues

 

By Kellan Heavican, Brownfield

May 11, 2022

 

A Nebraska Sandhills rancher says high winds across the Great Plains have created grazing challenges she’s never dealt with before.

 

Jaclyn Wilson of Lakeside tells Brownfield says wind and drought have created erosion issues.  “We’ve got sand drifts, especially over on the background lot, but dad has talked about (it) and not seeing it in ages. That’s something new.  We’re going to have to run a blade on the outside of our bunks to remove the sand drifts.  That’s something we’ve never seen.”

 

She says she’s restoring grasslands through her pasture rotation program. “We’ve really worked on the quality of vegetation over the years, especially for instances like this year where all of a sudden have a lot of erosion.  We’re trying to get rushes or slough grass down as fast as we can (and) putting cattle in for some compaction there to hopefully prevent any further erosion.”

 

Wilson says recent rainfall...

 

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