After a dry October, producers have been hoping for a return to wetter conditions. However, the final outlook for November 2022 shows a better than even chance of warmer and drier conditions than usual for the month. This means that drought is likely to expand and deepen and expand across the region over the next few weeks This is not good news for those trying to feed cattle or plant small grains. I’ve received a number of calls and emails discussing the low pond and stream levels and the dry pasture conditions as well as the lack of hay due to the dry June, very wet mid-summer, and dry fall, which has made it difficult to produce much quality hay for the winter.

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