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Preparing Your Operation for Drought


Megan Van Emon, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist

Much of the state has been experiencing Springlike weather for the past few weeks, which has made for a pleasant calving season. However, based on snowfall and precipitation through the winter months, drought may be an issue to start considering.

The current U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook was just released on March 18, 2021 and it appears drought is forecasted to continue for much of the Eastern side of Montana through June 2021. This map shows that most of the Western United States will have persistent drought through early summer. Additionally, the drought monitor indication for Montana shows t...