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By Rick Caquelin
Retired USDA NRCS State Range Specialist 

Managing Grass in a Drought-Ravaged World


April 27, 2022

There is no doubt about it, across most of Montana the 2021 growing season left a lot to be desired. Over most of the eastern two-thirds of the state, precipitation was 60% of normal or less. These areas were also affected by unusually hot temperatures. A rare, late August rainfall created a small burst of fall green-up that quickly withered in the face of continued dry conditions and the appetites of voracious grasshoppers before fall frosts could mark the end of the growing season. So, what does that leave us expecting for pasture and range conditions in 2022?

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